Dedication of staff, volunteers and donors associated with Ocean Defenders Alliance is something to behold. Their day-in and day-out devotion to the well being of plant and animal sea life is limitless. They think and do, as we all should think and do. The beauty beneath the surface of our oceans, are impacted by ODAs "code blue" mentality for clean-up action that restores, protects and preserves.
As a midwest elementary school science classmate of Kurt Leiber, founder of ODA, I'm proud to say I know that man. ODA is an awesome organization, a gift, that benefits everyone of us.
I've been involved supporting ODA for well over a decade now. Kurt Lieber, the founder, is a phenomenal hero for our oceans. The largest impact has been around removal of hundreds (could probably thousands) of lobster traps and trap lines here in our local waters of Southern California. The fruits of these efforts are not easily seen to the masses living on land adjacent to these waters. Kurt and his volunteer supporters including divers, deck hands and people behind the scenes, work countless hours to make this all happen. It is a fabulous organization and I will continue to support it for years to come.
I first met Kurt Lieber while working for another nonprofit marine conservation organization. I became a financial supporter of ODA after learning more about its mission and success in removing marine debris: a lot of bang for little buck. I contacted ODA about working with a separate organization, For the Oceans Foundation in Costa Rica, to pursue a campaign to collect and repurpose plastic debris from rivers and the ocean and to prevent it from reaching these waterways through better waste management systems. Kurt and his dedicated team had the necessary expertise, knowledge, experience, and contacts for this project based on their many years of success off the coast of California. The hope is to use ODA’s work as a model for other coastal communities interested in tackling the same issues with equally good results.
Kurt Lieber and the Ocean Defenders Alliance do a terrific job of helping clean up our ocean. They exists on donation and the work they do benefits all of us. Kurt spoke at our local yacht club and inspired all of us.
I was introduced to Kurt and Ocean Defenders Alliance two years ago. His knowledge and commitment on the health of our oceans and it's inhabitants is boundless. I am honored to be among his many supporters and applaud his efforts and expertise. Equipment and man power is a constant need to support ODA's efforts. I urge everyone to donate their skills and funds whenever and however possible.
Patti Mitchell, President
Thank you Ocean Defenders Alliance for the difficult and dangerous work you do to keep our ocean safe and healthy! As a diver and marine life lover, I am always grateful to hear about your progress in the seemingly never-ending task of cleaning debris from our sea. And the voiceless marine creatures you protect undoubtedly smile when they see you coming. Keep up the good work.
Ocean Defenders Alliance is one of the most important and effective non profit organizations in the world. They have made a huge positive impact for marine areas littered with derelict gear, in removing ghost gear and other man made debris from the ocean. This derelict gear ensnares and entraps ocean wildlife, killing many innocent creatures. Their work, dangerous and challenging, with volunteer divers, has made an enormous positive difference for many ocean regions off the Southern California coast. I have the honor of knowing Kurt Lieber, the President of ODA, and have the highest regard for him and for his amazing work in organizing these ocean clean up endeavors, and in providing much needed education to schools and other groups, about the importance of cleaning up the deadly debris left in the oceans. Ocean Defenders Alliance makes a huge difference in a real and practical way, in helping to repair the marine environment.
A genuine and committed effort to educate the public and make a difference in our oceans. We picked-up loads of plastic around the our harbor & became educated as to the abundance of trash in our waterways. Ocean Defenders Alliance is a part of teaching these kids to love the ocean too!
Ocean Defenders Alliance is the epitome of what a grassroots organization can do for our polluted /dying oceans. They do not succumb to the death knoll but go out there and retrieve one trap, one net, one line at a time and carry on. They have saved myriad marine creatures from starvation, entrapment and death and lessened the pollution and other causation of climate change, our greatest global crisis.
They are not only out there on the ocean, but in the classrooms, beaches and social media, educating the public on the threatening status of the oceans and what can be done.
All this under the passionate leadership of Captain Kurt Lieber and the volunteer scuba divers and crew who routinely risk their lives for this cause.
I first heard Kurt Lieber speak in September of 2016, and his photos of the Ghost Gear the ODA retrieved from the ocean woke me up to the severity of the problem. It was some comfort to learn of the dedication of Lieber's volunteers in their vigilance and pursuit of the unholy traps that still lay undersea to maim and kill wildlife.
I have been volunteering with ODA in one way or another since the early days when we were just trying to get a boat (that floats) into the water. It has been blood sweat and tears but triumphs too! And oh those triumphs are so sweet. To see a huge chunk of net, a length of line or a trap come from the deep blue onto our deck and then be removed from the ocean to keep that abandoned gear from killing more sea life, wow, it's so very satisfying.
While volunteering with ODA, at the end of the day(s) you can see the results. Whether it is fixing a computer system, repairing a generator or bilge pump, putting a new paint job on the boat or that sweet sense of victory as the deadly gear is ripped from the sea never to kill again, ODA is where it is for me.
I met Kurt volunteering for another ocean oriented non profit. At that organization it felt like half the effort was spent working around egos and navigating a maze of crazy interpersonal relations. That is NOT the case at ODA. At ODA IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MISSION. I meet other engineers, divers and volunteers that are mission focused and results oriented. I have volunteered at animal shelters, wild life rescue centers and teach ins for people wanting to learn math science and language skills. I found all those experiences rewarding. But my time with ODA has let me put my skills to the test and helped me grow and improve my skill set while helping the environment.
Come on board and dive in to make a difference with ODA. You'll be glad you did!
And if you want to support our efforts without the risk of sea sickness by making a donation, I can personally assure you that your money goes in the tank, in the boat and into the mission. We don't have a big or well paid staff. I support with an automatic donation each month. It's that important to me. I don't have a lot to give, but I put my money where my wrench turns, my soldering iron solders and my computing skills get used. I hope you will too.
Ocean Defender Alliance has made me more aware of the detrimental impact that marina debris has on the environment. Perhaps more importantly they have shownthat local action can have a positive effect. Their volunteers work tirelessly to improve the oceans. The leader Kurt Lieber is there (hands on) to educate and encourage both his volunteers and the public.
I spent the weekend with ODA a few years ago on Catalina Island and was very impressed by the level of dedication and professionalism they bring to necessary ocean cleanup efforts. I adore and wholeheartedly support their mission.
ODA does a GREAT job keeping our oceans clean and safe for the wildlife!!
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.
I spent a day on an ODA boat to help collect trash from the ocean when I lived in Los Angeles. The group was highly organized and meticulous about safety for the divers and those on the boat. What struck me was their selfless dedication to this cause--they are always seeking ways to improve with technology, be it with drones or cleaner engines on their boats. They are filling a neglected niche in the bigger picture and are bravely going forward despite the difficulties of locating abandoned underwater traps, gear, and other hazards. I was moved by their dedication to ocean life.
I am so impressed with the wonderful work that Ocean Defenders Alliance does to clean dangerous debris from the ocean, and they do it on a limited budget with lots of volunteers. They also educate many people both locally and around the country about the problem.
Ocean Defenders Alliance is a GREAT organization and they share the same vision as we do. This vision is to help our marine animal friends and protect them from the devastation abandoned fishing nets and traps have on the inhabitants of the ocean. We applaud their efforts and are very proud to be on their Board of Advisors and a partner of this amazing non-profit.
The Ocean Defenders Alliance is an amazing organization. With a cadre of able volunteers and a selfless leader, we are involved in removing discarded fishing gear, lost lobster and crab pots and other debris from the ocean.
Frequent presentations to local groups, schools and other organizations help to get the ODA message out to the general public and reinforce the need for an involved populace in keeping our oceans safe and debris free.
They are very local right in Huntington Beach and are very organized but very close to home.
Not too centralized, or big.