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Oct 17 2018

Captain Kurt to Give Talk at Burroughs Nature Club

Captain Kurt talkCome see Captain Kurt give a presentation at Burroughs Nature Club.

He will talk about the problems of ghost fishing gear and what Ocean Defenders Alliance is doing about it.

Visit this link to learn more about the event. Hope to see you there!

Read more: Captain Kurt to Give Talk at Burroughs Nature Club

Oct 10 2018

So Cal Underwater Radio Tower Gets Cleaned

Female crew hauling in netWe're thankful to have Captain Dave Merrill "at the wheel"

He navigated the LegaSea to a location where our crew could remove hundreds of pounds of abandoned gill and squid net.

See what this 14-person crew dragged out of the sea!

Read more: So Cal Underwater Radio Tower Gets Cleaned

Oct 08 2018

Honokohau Harbor Cleanup Kick-off

Crew with 5,000 pounds of marine debrisWhat an amazing team of Ocean Defenders on the Big Island!

5,000 pounds of debris removed in less that thow hours! Can you believe it?!

We'll be back to do it again. This is just the first of our new quarterly cleanups at Honokohau Harbor. We hope you can join us on the docks or under the water...or just support us from afar! We need you!! And thank you!!!

Read more: Honokohau Harbor Cleanup Kick-off

Sep 19 2018

Opportunity to Cleanup Honokohau Harbor

Lemon NudibranchBig Island friends!! Please join us for this awesome opportunity to defend our oceans!

We're going to start cleaning Honokohau Harbor on a monthly basis. The beautiful marine life that lives there deserves our help.

DETAILS: Saturday, September 29th at Honokohau Harbor. We need all hands on deck: 1) divers; 2) people to help onshore; 3) someone who knows first aid. Read more and see photos here.

Read more: Opportunity to Cleanup Honokohau Harbor

Sep 18 2018

Net Loss for the Ocean is Actually a Net Gain

Ghost gear squid netAbandoned squid nets are indescriminate killers because they are so tightly woven that, once caught, ocean life cannot escape.

You can see the small holes between the nylon. :-S

Us ocean defenders are happy to remove ghost net wherever we find it! Come meet the crew and read about our latest adventure.

Read more: Net Loss for the Ocean is Actually a Net Gain

Sep 13 2018

Sometimes the Easy Jobs are the Hardest

Divers suiting up

Back on August 26th, we had a boatload of divers go out to an artificial reef off the coast of Palos Verdes.  Walter Marti had been at the site a few weeks earlier and told us that he saw a net on it that needed to be removed.

So, Kim Cardenas, Bill Maley and Geoff Walsh grabbed their dive gear and headed down to see what they could do.  On deck were Lisa Davis, Brooke LaDouceur, Jim Lieber, and me. 

Read more: Sometimes the Easy Jobs are the Hardest

Sep 11 2018

Massive Abandoned Net off Big Island No Longer Traps Ocean Life

Monster ghost net Great news to share with you from one of our awesome debris-removal partners Jack's Diving Locker on the Big Island of Hawai'i!

They were able to haul out about 400 pounds of abandoned fishing net and release hundreds of trapped fish.

Please join us in thanking them for a job well done!

And you can see more pics and read about it here. :-)

Read more: Massive Abandoned Net off Big Island No Longer Traps Ocean Life

Aug 24 2018

A Tale of Two Cleanups

Two debris cleanup groupsRemember what Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Well, thankfully, ODA is made up of committed citizens who get together in small groups to do great things for the ocean. Check out these two groups who truly made a difference by cleaning up hazardous debris!

Read more: A Tale of Two Cleanups

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