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Ocean Defenders Alliance

Rating: 4.95 stars   37 reviews 1,436

Address:

19744 Beach Blvd, Box #446 Huntington Beach CA 92648 USA

Mission:

Ocean Defenders Alliance works to clean and protect marine ecosystems through documentation, education, and meaningful action. Working with affected communities, we focus primarily on the reduction and removal of man-made debris which poses serious threats to ocean wildlife and habitats.

Results:

2013 was a record breaking year on many fronts for ODA: • ODA conducted 30, daylong debris removal expeditions, primarily within California’s Channel Islands. This number is a new record for us! • ODA removed 33 abandoned traps, more than doubling last year’s record! • ODA recovered 2,190 pounds of trap remnants, breaking our record by more than 200 pounds! • ODA retrieved 1,420 pounds of nets, nearly doubling last year’s record! • We also released 56 animals from certain death, setting another new record! • Though we did not set a record in this category, we are also proud to have reclaimed 3,490 feet of polypropylene line. This line poses an entanglement and drowning risk to surfers, divers, and migrating whales. • Last but not least: ODA representatives gave 31 educational presentations to high schools, middle schools, magnet schools, dive clubs, community groups, and others in 2013. Many of these were in Ventura County, and were supported by local media coverage. This is more than double our previous record!

Target demographics:

clean the oceans and save marine wildlife.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We help all marine life (birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, plants and algae) by removing from the ocean abandoned fishing gear including lines, nets, and traps, as well as all other forms of man-made debris such as plastic, metal, and all types of garbage.

Geographic areas served:

California coastal waters

Programs:

Ocean Defenders Alliance's mission is to work toward clean, healthy marine ecosystems through documentation, education, technology improvements, and meaningful action. The large majority of this active work is done at sea, from aboard our 50-foot vessel donated by television celebrity Bob Barker and named after him: Mr. Barker's LegaSea. The boat crews are volunteer deckhands, mechanics, divers, and our captain is ODA Founder and President Kurt Lieber. Our team's primary action goal: Remove manmade pollution from the oceans, leaving marine habitat and wildlife in a safe and thriving environment.

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(714) 875-5881
http://www.oceandefenders.org/

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Reviews for Ocean Defenders Alliance

Rating: 5 stars  

What's not to like about this. They are removing ghost gear from the ocean that we have contributed to. Thank you. Soon we should have a clean ocean for our future generations! Would be great if a couple billion dollars went to this cause and governments took action on proper waste management.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ODA is amazing; they donate their time and talents to clearing the ocean waters of deadly debris! My daughter and I have volunteered with them numerous times over the past few years and every time we do we walk away filled with inspiration and optimism. We are so grateful to ODA for the work they do!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on board while abandoned traps and nets have come over the rail. I have been in the water and tied lift bags to derilict nets and traps. I have witnessed the ODA in action, and it makes me very proud to tell anyone how our mother ocean is better off with them around.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

An amazingly compassionate organization! I am so excited the angels have brought your wisdom to my path. Thank you.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am really glad that you are literally doing the dirty work that needs to be done,..unfortunately for most,..it's a case of "out of sight out of mind",..they can't see beneath the ocean's surface and don't realize the problem that you are correcting.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that Ocean Defenders Alliance does is invaluable. Our oceans are the lifeblood of the entire planet and if they're unhealthy, we all suffer. I feel especially good about donating to ODA because of the conscientious way that donated funds are managed. I know my donation will be put to work and won't be used to line administrators' pockets.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ODA are a boatload of angels for our oceans!!! Humans haven't given much respect to the watery heart of our planet, using it as a garbage pit with an "outta sight, outta mind" attitude. ODA is changing that cleaning up one murderous net, trap and leaky battery at a time. They're physically out there making a difference, cleaning up the human mess. More than that, they are educators, sharing what they see under the ocean surface to bring awareness to the masses. They would get 100 stars from me if that were an option.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

      10/09/2015

What an amazing experience! I volunteered as crew on the LegaSea and we cleaned up a bunch of debris in Long Beach. We had dolphins swimming around the boat and a baby sea lion came by to play with the divers. 
The rest of the team were awesome, from the super hero tech divers to the Captain to Kurt the Director of the program. I cant wait to go out with them again!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing experience! I volunteered as crew on the LegaSea and we cleaned up a bunch of debris in Long Beach. We had dolphins swimming around the boat and a baby sea lion came by to play with the divers.
The rest of the team were awesome, from the super hero tech divers to the Captain to Kurt the Director of the program. I cant wait to go out with them again!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ODA does great work cleaning old debris from the oceans helping to save marine life.

 
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