OCEAN DEFENDERS ALLIANCE

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 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 40-foot vessel the Clearwater. 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 man-made pollution from the oceans, leaving marine habitat and wildlife in a safe and thriving environment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My daughter has been volunteering since she was 12 yrs old, and she loves ODA. Kurt and his crew do wonderful and amazing things for our ocean. I love my time helping clean up as often as we can! Thanks ODA!!!

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ODA is the best. I am so impressed with the work Ocean Defenders Alliance is doing . ODA is cleaning up our ocean and saving the lives of countless marine wildlife . In bringing awareness and education to the public ODA is providing all with food for thought in how we can play a role in helping to improve our environment.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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ODA - Ocean Defenders Alliance work amazes me - hands on team of divers literally pulling debris, rope, nets, trash, traps from the ocean which kills or traps 100's of marine animals an HOUR! Given that 70% of our oxygen comes from the ocean, their work is critical to protect all of us.

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Ocean Defenders Alliance has a logical and focused approach to cleaning the ocean, which will help future generations of sea life and humans.
Tony

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ODA is dedicated and hands on when it comes to removing ghost fishing gear from our local waters. They also do harbor clean ups with middle school kids--passing on the passion to the next generation. I really do enjoy volunteering with Captain Kurt and the rest of the ODA crew. We get dirty, work hard, and have a great time.

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ODA routinely exceeds my expectations with their drive to remove debris from the ocen wherever they find it. They will take reports from divers, follow up on rumors from fisherman, investigate reported debris from the local authorities and ALWAYS get that trash out of the ocean.

Something else they do that I appreciate is involve a lot of young people in the process. Middle schoolers helped with two recent cleanup operations. It may seem like a drop in the ocean (teaching some kids) but it has a ripple effect.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We wrote a whole book with the top ocean experts from around the world called Sea Voices, and we can honestly say that Ocean Defenders Alliance is one of the most incredible organizations we have come across. They do their important work like removing debris from the ocean for one reason only ~ because they care! They do not do it to get attention from the media like some organizations, and they don't do it to line their own pockets! They are the real deal and the ocean is a better place because of ODA and they are also supportive of other organizations that help the ocean, they are non-competitive when it comes to who helps. Elizabeth & Duffy Healey

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I have worked for many different volunteer orangizations. Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) has been, by far, the most rewarding and positive experience I have had. Not only is the volunteer work worthwhile, you can see the results of your efforts first hand, knowing that you have helped the oceans, living things of every make and model, and our world as a whole. Add to that the enthusiasm and passion of its founder Kurt Lieber and you have a recipe for something greater than its parts. There is not enough time or money to immediately undo all of the damage mankind has contributed to our planet. But, every little bit helps and we all have to start somewhere if we are going to make a difference. ODA makes a difference and is part of the change for the better.

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I would donate more time and funds.

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2014

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From everything I have seen, this organization has passion and integrity, two essential ingredients for every non-profit organization.

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I needed to volunteer with a non profit group as a "check off box" for my volunteer commitment to achieve my black belt in karate. Once I started working with Kurt Lieber and his organization I saw how committed they were to defending our ocean resources, and I became a life-long fan. It is a professional organization and is the epitome of what my instructor says about thinking globally but acting locally. Recovering the abandoned nets have made a significant impact on the ocean wildlife.

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ODA is my all time favorite org., and I given to a lot of different groups. The work that the founder, Kurt Lieber, and his volunteer crew does is amazing. The creatures in our Southern California ocean are lucky to have ODA around. If possible please sign-up for a monthly donation to ODA. Thank you.

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