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News and Media

News and Media

By ODA Advisory Board Member Marjorie Zensen

Update 22-Feb-2022: We added some top-side images! Check them out below.

Often, it’s the ocean that tells us where we get to clean up.

Dropping the ODA volunteer dive crew off close to the rock wall of Spitting Caves can be a challenging task for the captain of Island Divers Hawaii’s vessel Sea Fox.

ODA Diver removing debris

On Sunday, February 13th the ocean and Captain Matt Negaard sent us to Spitting Caves. 

Spitting Caves

We hadn’t been to Spitting Caves for three or four months, and it had been looking pretty good, so we were interested to see how it was doing.  Fortunately, there was not a huge amount of lost fishing line. Don’t get me wrong, there was still a lot of line, especially, toxic lead weights, but not as much as in the past and that’s a good thing!  

ODA dive volunteer removes fishing hooks

Captain Matt and crewmembers Mason Mellott and Bruce Gordon dropped us off as close as possible to the ledge of the cliff.  Our Island Diver instructor Anna Sorrentino dropped in first and the rest of us followed quickly: Henry Bennett, newcomer Chelsey Bryson, Michael Dal Pra, Chris Denton, Crystal Gray, Jim Hayden, Pam, Karen and Terry Hodder, Dan Okamura, Glenn Roberts, Ed Sisino, and me. 

As we were dropping down, we realized the visibility was not the best but good enough for what we needed to. 

UW debris collection bucket and lift

Two buckets with lift bags were planted as well as Ed Sisino’s “torpedo.”  

I watched as one of our divers immediately started wrapping up a line that was spread across the reef!

The other divers were scattered about carefully picking and pulling line from coral heads.

Fishing Line entangled on Coral head

All in all, we gathered over 1,500 feet of line, 40 pounds of weight, an assortment of lures, and many, many hooks including chandelier hooks. 

Crew with Catch of the Day

The dive was a successful and I’m sure we have saved a turtle, monk seal, or eel from entanglement.  

Check out our last outing to the area near Spitting Caves...