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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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You want to know the latest & how to help: sign up now!

 

ODA's Articles

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

Fin Whale Entangled with Ghost Gear

We must get to the abandoned fishing gear before it entangles whales or other marine life. Learn how you can help! Photo courtesy of Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari.

Perseverance leads to Lobster Liberation Day!

Our spirits soar when we get to release live animals back into their watery homes. WATCH NEW VIDEO and share the joy!

Santa Cruz Island Trap Removal and Live Lobster Release

We were excited to head out to this island to haul out some killer traps, but even happier when we got to free some animals!

Channel Islands CA – ODA is Back and Ready to Clean Your Waters!

We’ve been cleaning the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary for more than 8 years and we’re not stopping now…

Keeping Oahu’s Coastal Waters Free of Debris

We started out for Fish Camp near Hanauma Bay but ended up at our old favorite site China Walls. The gang had a blast while performing an ocean cleanup...

Report Ocean Debris

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