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Giant Black Sea Bass Are Protected by ODA

Nov 27, 2019

Corona Del MarWe’ve been asked by Biologist Mike Couffer of Grey Owl Biological Consulting to help defend the Giant Black Sea Bass population.

Our crew did a stellar job cleaning the habitat so the babies can survive to grow into adulthood without being harmed by debris. Come see the large amount of ghost gear we removed!

 

Marine Wildlife Motivates ODA-Hawaii Debris-Removal Crew

Nov 27, 2019

ODA Dive crewTwo dozen dedicated Ocean Defenders Alliance conservationists came together to remove reef-choking, wildlife-entangling fishing gear.

Our Dive Team Coordinator Ken Staples enthusiastically shares the story with you!

 

ODA Volunteers Clean Our Adopted ‘Flood-Control’ Channel

Nov 5, 2019

Volunteers channel cleanupWhere do you think we should clean-up ocean debris?

Well, sometimes we need to clean it up before it becomes OCEAN debris!

Check out what our hard-working volunteer Karla Reinhardt and her fellow debris-removal teammates did. Joined by two younger ocean defenders, they made sure the trash wouldn't make it to the coast.

 

Determined Defenders Get Their Debris

Oct 28, 2019

Flags and bag Jeff and RolandoCalifornia is battling fires and our hearts go out to all people affected by and those fighting this.

Our crew decided to keep doing what we can for our CA environment and hit the waters to remove debris. While fires rages and oceans roiled, our dedicated defenders were able to remove abandoned fishing gear.

 

Anchors Away and A Lot of Other Debris Too

Oct 23, 2019

Hauling in trap Kurt n JeffOcean debris is a menace to marine society!

The only thing that turns our frustration around is being part of the effort to get rid of it. And so we did a few days ago when we did two dives that unearthed a plethora of debris. Come with us to see what we removed!

 

California Waters Cough Up Derelict Fishing Gear

Oct 8, 2019

Ocean debris crew with recovered trapsWhat's better: Old friends or new friends?

We can't decide either! We love them both!

An old friend gave us the location of marine debris and new friends helped us remove it. Come meet them both!

 

Future Ocean Defenders

Oct 3, 2019

Students remove marine debrisDon't you love it when you see teenagers doing good things?!

Well, check out these students who came out on our boat to learn how to find marine debris and remove it.

Their message: "Not one plastic bag should be in our ocean!!"

 

ODA’s Initial Cleanup at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Oct 1, 2019

ODA-Hawaii Volunteer Divers Clean DebrisODA-Hawai'i kicked off a new cleanup site in Oahu!

We did our first debris removal outing at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. It was an excellent day and we look forward to caring for this Marine Protect Area for many years to come!

We invite you to take this initial journey with us -- read the story and see the pics!

 

Sep 25, 2019 - Coyote Creek Channel Cleanup

Sep 23, 2019 - A Heavy Day for All Divers / ODA Divers Haul Heavy Load

Sep 10, 2019 - Kawaihae Harbor Gets Cleaned by ODA-HI

Aug 28, 2019 - Massive Haul at Honokohau Harbor Cleanup

Aug 26, 2019 - Dedicated Oahu Divers Remove Deadly Marine Debris

Aug 15, 2019 - Channel Islands Maritime Museum Exhibit About ODA

Aug 12, 2019 - The Net Worth of Ghost Net is Priceless

Aug 6, 2019 - Killer Nets Hang Onto Sunken Boat Wreck

Jul 23, 2019 - Abandoned Fishing Nets No Longer Ensnare Marine Life

Jul 17, 2019 - Video: ODA-Hawaii Volunteers Untangle Coral and Pufferfish

Jul 9, 2019 - Dangerous Debris Collects Around Sunken Vessels

Jul 3, 2019 - Sea Turtles and Puffer Fish Helped by ODA-Hawaii

Jul 2, 2019 - Defending Ocean Life with Compassion Over Killing

Jun 21, 2019 - Different Ways to Defend the Ocean

Jun 13, 2019 - World Oceans Day is Busy for ODA-Hawaii

Jun 4, 2019 - Sunken Boat - and ODA Crew - Snag Marine Debris

May 21, 2019 - Dockside Dinner for the Oceans

May 10, 2019 - Oahu Divers Give Back to the Ocean

Apr 22, 2019 - Two-Year Anniversary of a Partnership Made in Ocean Heaven

Apr 17, 2019 - Ghost Gear Removed from Southern California Coastal Waters

Apr 10, 2019 - Big Island Boat Harbor’s Getting Better All the Time

Apr 2, 2019 - Preparation is Key

Mar 25, 2019 - ‘Twas Ladies Day on the ol’ LegaSea

Mar 21, 2019 - Volunteers Rid Hawai’i Waters of Coral-Strangling Lines and More

Mar 1, 2019 - Middle School Students Already Defending the Oceans

Feb 26, 2019 - It Wasn’t ‘The Last Straw’ at Bolsa Chica Beach

Feb 20, 2019 - ODA-HI Oahu Dive Team Removes Ghost Gear

Feb 18, 2019 - Bolsa Chica Beach Relieved of Debris

Feb 12, 2019 - Volunteers Needed to Clean Sunset Beach CA

Feb 6, 2019 - Hawaii’s 'Big Island' Water Cleanup with Kohala Divers

Feb 5, 2019 - Seal Beach Cleanup Opportunity

Jan 21, 2019 - Improvement Project Continues in Big Island Boat Harbor

Dec 27, 2018 - Toxic Lead Fishing Weights Removed from Oahu Waters

Dec 20, 2018 - Shoreline Cleanup at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Dec 19, 2018 - The Tale of the Malibu Crab Trap

Dec 12, 2018 - Beach Cleanup in Southern California

Dec 4, 2018 - Northern California Crab Traps Tracked by ODA

Nov 28, 2018 - ODA Tracks Traps in Central California

Nov 12, 2018 - Squid and Gill Nets Cleared from Artificial Reef

Oct 17, 2018 - Captain Kurt to Give Talk at Burroughs Nature Club

Oct 10, 2018 - So Cal Underwater Radio Tower Gets Cleaned

Oct 8, 2018 - Honokohau Harbor Cleanup Kick-off

Sep 19, 2018 - Opportunity to Cleanup Honokohau Harbor

Sep 18, 2018 - Net Loss for the Ocean is Actually a Net Gain

Sep 13, 2018 - Sometimes the Easy Jobs are the Hardest

Sep 11, 2018 - Massive Abandoned Net off Big Island No Longer Traps Ocean Life

Aug 24, 2018 - A Tale of Two Cleanups

Aug 13, 2018 - Laguna California Waters Safer for Marine Wildlife

Aug 6, 2018 - Hazardous Fishing Gear Hauled Out of Oahu Waters

Jul 31, 2018 - Honokohau Harbor and Two Other Sites Get ODA-HI’s Attention

Jul 26, 2018 - Underwater Harbor Cleanup in Big Island Waters

Jul 18, 2018 - Cleaning the Breakwall of Los Angeles Harbor

Jul 9, 2018 - Sunken Vessel Collects Marine Debris – ODA Removes It

Jul 2, 2018 - ODA-HI Oahu Team Cleans Oceans to Help Marine Wildlife and Habitat

Jun 29, 2018 - Trap and All Kinds of Debris Removed from So Cal Waters

Jun 13, 2018 - Marine Protected Area Cleaned by ODA

Jun 7, 2018 - Southern California Ghost Gear Recovery

May 30, 2018 - Big Island’s ‘Trail of Tears’ Freed of Trash and Fishing Gear

May 24, 2018 - Oahu’s Spitting Caves Cleaned of Marine Debris

May 23, 2018 - Killer Traps Kill No More

May 15, 2018 - Derelict Fishing Gear Removed from Huntington Harbor

May 7, 2018 - Earth Day Cleanups on the Big Island of Hawaii

Apr 20, 2018 - ODA Partners in Monster Net Removal at Kailua Beach

Apr 19, 2018 - Students Using ROV Assist with Marine Debris Removal

Apr 17, 2018 - Dockside Dinner and Drinks 2018

Apr 2, 2018 - Testing, Training, Trap Tracking and Removal

Mar 12, 2018 - ODA-HI Volunteers Remove Ghost Gear and Multiple Abandoned Nets

Mar 6, 2018 - Dockside Dinner & Drinks

Feb 28, 2018 - Whale Disentanglement Team (WET) Continues Training ODA

Feb 8, 2018 - Tracking Traps to Protect Whales and All Marine Life

Feb 5, 2018 - Abandoned Fishing Gear Removed from Oahu’s Coastal Waters

Jan 31, 2018 - So Cal Plastic Patrol Cleans Birds' Ocean Habitat

Jan 23, 2018 - Jack’s Diving Locker and ODA Launch First Debris Removal Expedition

Jan 22, 2018 - Cleaning Our Waterways: ODA’s New Adopt A Channel

Jan 4, 2018 - Hawai’i Preparatory Academy Cares About the Ocean

Jan 2, 2018 - Kohala Divers and ODA Join in Inaugural Debris Removal Dive

Dec 13, 2017 - Huge net retrieved = huge goal achieved

Nov 30, 2017 - ODA’s Trap Trackers are clearing the way for whales in Laguna Beach!

Nov 1, 2017 - ODA Trains with the NOAA Whale Entanglement Team

Oct 26, 2017 - Fishing Lines and Lead Weights Litter Oahu’s Ocean Floor

Oct 19, 2017 - Seal Beach Nat'l Wildlife Refuge’s Special Cleanup a Success

Oct 12, 2017 - Marine Wildlife Affected by the Health of Coral in Oahu

Oct 5, 2017 - Wetlands Cleanup at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Sep 26, 2017 - Humpback Whale Killed by Derelict Fishing Gear

Sep 20, 2017 - Maui’s Sugar Beach Sure Looks Sweet (After ODA Cleanup)!

Sep 14, 2017 - Big Island of Hawai’i Coastal Waters Need Our Help

Sep 11, 2017 - ‘Kohala Divers’ and ODA: New Big Island of Hawai’i Alliance for Ocean Debris Removal

Sep 8, 2017 - ‘Jack’s Diving Locker’ Partners Up with ODA for Clean Oceans on the Big Island of Hawai’i

Aug 29, 2017 - Oahu Coral Freed from Smothering Ghost Gear

Aug 17, 2017 - Lawsuit to End Whale, Sea Turtle Entanglements in California Dungeness Crab Gear

Aug 3, 2017 - Removing Monofilament Fishing Line Makes Oahu Water Safer

Jul 31, 2017 - Busy Summer Days at ODA

Jul 11, 2017 - National Marine Sanctuaries – No New Review Needed

Jul 6, 2017 - Oahu’s China Wall Cleaned by ODA-HI Crew

Jun 13, 2017 - Fishing Site Loaded with Dangerous Ghost Gear

Jun 9, 2017 - The Great Big Story

Jun 8, 2017 - New and Veteran Volunteers Remove Debris from LA Harbor

May 31, 2017 - Alliance Actions Abound

May 26, 2017 - Big Island and Maui Added to ODA's Hawai'ian Expansion

May 18, 2017 - ODA Hawai’i Schedules Monthly Dives in Oahu Waters

Apr 25, 2017 - Jeff Larson, We'll Miss You – a Friend to the Oceans and ODA

Apr 18, 2017 - Abandoned Lobster Traps Removed

Apr 12, 2017 - Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County - an ODA Presentation

Apr 11, 2017 - Channeling Debris from the Channel

Apr 3, 2017 - ODA Searches for Gray Whale Entangled in Ghost Gear

Mar 31, 2017 - Hawaii Ghost Gear Removal by ODA’s Captain

Mar 27, 2017 - Diversity in Defending the Oceans

Mar 14, 2017 - Cleanup at Bolsa Chica Channel

Mar 6, 2017 - 600 Pounds of Plastic Debris ‘Put in its Place’

Feb 14, 2017 - Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup Effort Continues

Feb 7, 2017 - Wetlands More Habitable Now

Jan 31, 2017 - Huntington Beach Harbor Clean-up Under Way

Jan 26, 2017 - Plastic Patrol Plea for Partners

Jan 16, 2017 - A Plastic Ocean

Jan 11, 2017 - Cleaning Newport Beach Waters of Hazardous Debris

Dec 22, 2016 - Holiday Gifts for the Oceans

Dec 13, 2016 - Abandoned Squid Net Kills No More

Dec 12, 2016 - Canada Sees High Number of Whales Suffer Entanglement

Nov 28, 2016 - Set Out for Net and Scored Traps Instead!

Nov 21, 2016 - Celebrate Good Times…and Clean Oceans

Oct 20, 2016 - Fishing Gear Entangles Whale

Sep 29, 2016 - Hawai’i Chapter of ODA Launches First Expedition!

Sep 6, 2016 - Orange Slices TV Show Features Ocean Defenders Alliance

Aug 17, 2016 - Ghost Gear Removed Means More Healthy Ocean Life

Aug 8, 2016 - Eyes on the Water

Aug 4, 2016 - Back in Action!: Anacapa Island Lobster Traps Removed

Jul 6, 2016 - Wetlands Plastic Debris - Your ODA Team is on the Job

Jun 30, 2016 - NBC Los Angeles Covers ODA Efforts to Save Whales

Jun 28, 2016 - Whale Entanglements: A preventable problem

Jun 15, 2016 - Hauling and stalling in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Jun 5, 2016 - Defending marine life for World Oceans Day!

May 25, 2016 - To save our salty ocean friends!

May 18, 2016 - End drift net killing! Urgent call to Action for all Ocean Defenders and Allies!

Apr 12, 2016 - Spring cleaning and a change of scenery

Mar 28, 2016 - Spring Cleaning for the Ocean

Mar 23, 2016 - Inaugural Activities for ODA Hawai’i

Mar 18, 2016 - ODA Launches New Hawai’i Chapter

Feb 11, 2016 - Super Haul Sunday

Jan 31, 2016 - Droning on About Efficiency

Dec 31, 2015 - Lobster Trap Lines and Remnants Removed

Dec 15, 2015 - Entanglements Impact on Whales

Dec 10, 2015 - Lost Fishing Nets Removed Making Ocean Safer

Nov 29, 2015 - Row of Traps and Lines - A Gauntlet for Whales

Nov 10, 2015 - Removing Traps from Hawthorne Reef

Oct 30, 2015 - ODA Wins Scuba Diving magazine's 'Sea Hero of the Year' award!

Oct 26, 2015 - Celebrating the Oceans with Channel Islands Divers

Oct 19, 2015 - Angel Therapy for the Oceans

Oct 7, 2015 - Water Talk - from Rivers and Lakes to the Ocean

Oct 6, 2015 - Catalina Island Underwater Cleanup

Sep 28, 2015 - Beach Cleanup for Disney VoluntEARS and ODA

Sep 21, 2015 - Coast to Coast Alliance Building

Sep 3, 2015 - Building Your Ocean Alliance!

Aug 26, 2015 - Los Angeles Harbor Cleanup

Aug 1, 2015 - Sunken Wreck Debris Haul-Out at Catalina Island

Jul 28, 2015 - Four Sons Brewery Supports ODA

Jul 24, 2015 - Boudin SF Bakery Supports ODA

Jul 15, 2015 - Lobster Hoop Net Hoopla

Jun 26, 2015 - Be Straw Free Project

Jun 3, 2015 - The Fulfilling Work of Removing Ghost Gear

May 4, 2015 - NBC News Features ODA

Apr 23, 2015 - Breakthrough at the Breakwall

Apr 22, 2015 - Happy Ocean-filled Earth Day

Apr 20, 2015 - TakePart Mag Shares ODA's Mission to Eradicate Ghost Gear

Apr 14, 2015 - Pacific Coast Forage Fish Protected

Apr 7, 2015 - The Path of a Cigarette Butt from the Gutter to the Ocean

Apr 1, 2015 - The Joy of Hoisting and Removing Abandoned Lobster Traps

Mar 20, 2015 - Whales Maimed and Killed by Ghost Gear

Mar 18, 2015 - Ghost Gear Galore

Mar 16, 2015 - ODA Board Member Featured in National Geographic Magazine

Feb 24, 2015 - Reconnaissance and Recruiting

Jan 15, 2015 - 2015 Launches with Whale Sitings and Ghost Gear Removal

Jan 9, 2015 - Whales Starve With Bellies Full of Trash

Dec 31, 2014 - More Whales Close to Shore Increases Entanglement Risk

Nov 11, 2014 - Disney and ODA Team Up!

Nov 4, 2014 - Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits

Oct 30, 2014 - Mr. Barker's LegaSea Featured in Boating News

Oct 17, 2014 - Eat a Meal and Support ODA

Oct 9, 2014 - Defenders of the Deep

Oct 7, 2014 - Orange County Newspaper Covers Mr. Barker's LegaSea

Oct 2, 2014 - Maiden Voyage of Mr. Barker's LegaSea

Sep 25, 2014 - Announcing Mr. Bob Barker's California Ocean Conservation 'LegaSea'

Sep 12, 2014 - Inspired by Team Spirit

Aug 13, 2014 - Giant Sea Bass Count

Jul 22, 2014 - Ton of Trash

Jul 11, 2014 - Trap Removal at Cat Rock

Jul 10, 2014 - New Boat: help needed!

Jun 19, 2014 - Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work

May 30, 2014 - Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day

May 22, 2014 - Videos, Art, and all that Junk

May 8, 2014 - Marine Debris Sources - Ghost Fishing Gear

May 6, 2014 - AmazonSmile - a new way to support ODA

Apr 21, 2014 - Earth Day in Action

Apr 16, 2014 - Ocean Wildlife Rescue

Apr 8, 2014 - Ocean Conservation Education

Apr 3, 2014 - Quest for New Marine Debris Removal Vessel

Mar 25, 2014 - Giant Abandoned Squid Net Removed

Mar 3, 2014 - 'Treasure Trove' of Traps

Feb 14, 2014 - ODA Trends Toward High-Tech

Feb 11, 2014 - ODA’s Record-Setting Year: 2013!

Jan 21, 2014 - ODA Heaves Heavy Harbor Haul with Help

Jan 9, 2014 - Ventura County Star Reports on ODA's Big Cleanup Effort

Jan 7, 2014 - Ocean Debris: Everything Including the Kitchen Sink!

Jan 6, 2014 - Whales and Marine Debris

Dec 7, 2013 - A Season to Give Thanks

Nov 14, 2013 - Risso's Dolphins Ride the Waves with ODA

Oct 17, 2013 - Jonathan’s Pinnacle

Oct 10, 2013 - Channel Islands - Beauty and Debris

Oct 3, 2013 - LA Times Reports on ODA Video of Great White Shark

Sep 30, 2013 - Lobster-palooza

Sep 19, 2013 - Supersized ODA Day - Big Bass and Huge Haul

Sep 11, 2013 - Operation Deep Sweep is Launched

Aug 26, 2013 - Killer Lobster Traps and 'Killer' Ocean Art

Aug 14, 2013 - Ban on Otters Affects Abalone and Urchins

Jul 29, 2013 - Rebreathers Breathe Life into Our Ocean

Jul 18, 2013 - Helicopter Scouting Proves Fruitful

Jun 12, 2013 - Surprising (??) Amount of Trash Found on Deep-Sea Floor

May 3, 2013 - Releasing Trapped Critters and Clearing Paths for Whales

Apr 30, 2013 - Trap Lines Snag Dolphin - watch video

Apr 24, 2013 - Dr. Sylvia Earle Dives in with ODA

Apr 8, 2013 - Barging in on Destruction

Mar 19, 2013 - Illegal Nets and Elusive Traps

Feb 1, 2013 - Advocating for Abalone

Jan 17, 2013 - Net Hunting off Huntington Beach

Jan 15, 2013 - Hollywood Celebrity Bob Barker 'dives in' to save ocean animals!

Jan 13, 2013 - Bringing Marine Debris into the Light

Nov 20, 2012 - Dive in the Dark = Clean Veterans' Park

Nov 5, 2012 - Taming a Beast of a Net

Oct 19, 2012 - Ocean Poachers Beware

Oct 4, 2012 - BLUE Ocean, Suffering Seals

Sep 24, 2012 - Busy Days for ODA!

Sep 13, 2012 - Barging in on the Huntington Barge

Sep 4, 2012 - The Chemical Frankenstein

Aug 15, 2012 - The Waterman’s Ball, and a Watery Ball of Net

Aug 5, 2012 - Divers Double-dive for Dangerous Debris

Aug 3, 2012 - ODA’s Olympic Rapid Response!

Jul 26, 2012 - Assessing ODA’s Oceanic ‘Hood - ODA Field report 2012-07-26

Jul 20, 2012 - The Monster Trap - ODA Field Report 7-20-2012

Jul 9, 2012 - ODA Founder Kurt Lieber Attends Coast Guard Captain’s Course

Jun 12, 2012 - Backyard Cleanup Campaign

Jun 4, 2012 - Long Beach Scuba Show – May 5, 2012

May 21, 2012 - ODA Field Report - 2012 - May 3rd: LA Harbor Lighthouse

May 5, 2012 - L.A. Harbor Loses Five Hundred Pounds... of Trash

Dec 1, 2011 - End of 2011 Report

Jul 24, 2011 - In Memory of Mike LaPrade

Mar 18, 2011 - March 2011 Update

Jan 31, 2011 - Status & Field Report - January 2011 ODA Takes on the African Queen (Episode 1)

Sep 30, 2010 - Status & Field Report - Fall 2010 New Generator Gives ODA More Power to get back in and under the water!

Jul 31, 2010 - Special Status & Field Report - Summer 2010 Clearwater Painted and Back in the Water!

Jun 5, 2010 - Special Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA takes a first-hand look at the BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

May 31, 2010 - Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA Flagship "Clearwater" gets a much-needed makeover

Apr 11, 2010 - ODA 2010 Fundraiser Recap

Jan 31, 2010 - Status & Field Report - Jan. 2010 - Salvaging Sunken Batteries off Catalina Island

Dec 1, 2009 - 2009 Year End Review

Oct 12, 2009 - Status & Field Report - Oct. 2009 - New-Age Cowboys of the Sea Lasso Killer Net, In Record Time!

Aug 31, 2009 - Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Give Fish a Break!

Jul 31, 2009 - Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Busy with everything and meeting old friends

Jun 30, 2009 - Status & Field Report - Spring/Summer 2009 - Diving Deep to Clean-up the Caissons

Apr 17, 2009 - Scott Sheckman’s Draft Statement to the DOI/MMS

Jan 31, 2009 - Status & Field Report - Winter 2009 - Raising the Infidel Net

Jul 20, 2008 - Welcome, Clearwater!

Jan 31, 2008 - Status & Field Report - Winter 2008

Dec 31, 2006 - Fall 2006 - Year End Report

Oct 15, 2006 - SSCS & ODA Fundraiser

Jul 31, 2006 - Status & Field Report - Summer 2006

May 31, 2006 - Status & Field Report - Spring 2006

Dec 1, 2005 - Olympic Wreck Mitigation

Oct 31, 2005 - Status & Field Report - Fall 2005

Sep 30, 2005 - Status & Field Report - September 2005

Aug 31, 2005 - Status & Field Report - Summer 2005

May 31, 2005 - Status & Field Report - April & May 2005

Mar 31, 2005 - Status & Field Report - March 2005

Jan 1, 2005 - 2004 Year End Review and Acknowledgements

Dec 31, 2004 - Status & Field Report - December 2004

Nov 30, 2004 - Status & Field Report - November 2004

Oct 31, 2004 - Status & Field Report - October 2004

Sep 30, 2004 - Status & Field Report - Aug. & Sept. 2004

Jul 31, 2004 - Status & Field Report - July 2004

 
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