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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

Aug 13 2018

Laguna California Waters Safer for Marine Wildlife

ODA removes lobster trapCleaning coastal waters of California and Hawai'i on the same day was...AWESOME!

Our goal--together with YOU!--is to do a lot more of that.

Come along with your ODA crew to see the payoff of their hard work. :-)

Read more: Laguna California Waters Safer for Marine Wildlife

Aug 06 2018

Hazardous Fishing Gear Hauled Out of Oahu Waters

ODA SCUBA Diver with ishing lineYou are making it happen!

Two ODA boats...in the coastal waters of two different states'...removing marine debris at the same time!

ODA remains determined to get dangerous ghost gear out of the ocean making habitats safe for all ocean life.

Read more: Hazardous Fishing Gear Hauled Out of Oahu Waters

Jul 31 2018

Honokohau Harbor and Two Other Sites Get ODA-HI’s Attention

ODA-HI Crew with Catch of the DayWe had a busy day in Big Island waters with our partners from Jack's Diving Locker!

It was a three-site day with two of the sites needing more of our attention in the future.

Hear about our day's adventure and learn about our plans to go back to these two places in need of the Ocean Defenders of Hawaii!!

Read more: Honokohau Harbor and Two Other Sites Get ODA-HI’s Attention

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