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Does this statistic bother you too?
Every year, more than 800,000 tons of commercial fishing gear is lost in our global oceans.

We don’t like it either. Want to know what we do about it?
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YOU are vital in the fight against marine debris
We have the boats and we know where to find ghost gear and dangerous debris. Your financial support will help us get there!
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Are you ready to “dive in” with ODA?
There are many ways you can help: from right where you are, or you can join us on a boat or beach.
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We are defenders of the ocean
ODA volunteers can be vastly different in age, backgrounds, skillsets, and interests. But we come together for one shared cause: To clean our oceans and make them safer for all life.

Ocean Defenders Alliance

Operating from ship and shore, ODA's all-volunteer boat and dive crews remove derelict fishing nets, traps, lines, plastic, and other man-made debris threatening ocean wildlife and habitats.

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Ocean Defenders Alliance

Operating from ship and shore, ODA's all-volunteer boat and dive crews remove derelict fishing nets, traps, lines, plastic, and other man-made debris threatening ocean wildlife and habitats.

READ MORE

Crew and the Catch of the Day

Where we make a difference

 

ODA has two main geographical areas of operation. We have boats, divers, and onshore volunteers stationed in Southern California and the Hawaiian islands.

California

California

California has served as our homebase since ODA was founded in 2002. We remove debris of all kinds in the coastal waters and shorelines from San Diego to Ventura County.

Hawaii

Hawai'i

The high-volume of ocean debris in Hawai’i is alarming. Since 2017, we’ve had boats and volunteers on the Big Island and Oahu cleaning debris from beaches and in the water.

You are needed!

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Fuel ODA's boats, and sustain our efforts to clean our oceans.

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Dive in with us - on our boats, on shore, and from home.

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ODA's Articles

Read about ODA's actions and events in California, Hawaii, and elsewhere.

Dedicated ODA-Hawai’i Volunteers Regularly Clean Coastal Waters

To our volunteers, a good day in paradise is removing every bit of man-made debris possible to get it out of harms way and protect the precious ocean wildlife. See how they fared this day...

Hoop Traps, Lobster Traps, and Tracking Traps

Studies show that 800,000 tons of commercial fishing gear gets lost at sea every year which means it continues to kill. Add to that all the illegally set recreational traps, & the number of dead...

Ghost Gear Removed from the La Janelle Wreck Site

You’ll enjoy the fantastic photos of our marine debris removal work both underwater and topside! These were some gargantuan traps – we're so glad they’re out of the ocean…

Cleanup at Keauhou Bay for World Manta Day

What better way to honor special ocean wildlife like beautiful mantas than to cleanup their habitat? We thought so, too, so we set out to do just that…

Coastal Cleanup Day at Brea Creek Channel

Nothing is more satisfying than knowing trash you helped clean up will NOT end up in our precious coastal waters! This group of hard-working volunteers sure did a great job…

Report Ocean Debris

If you see ocean debris please let us know right away! Visit our Debris Report page.