ODA has been an integral part of cleaning up the oceans in the Huntington Beach and Channel Islands area of So. Cal for a long time! They are a passionate, skilled and educated group that uses their donations wisely and effectively! Living in HI, I am excited that there are now clean-ups happening here in the islands (Oahu and Big Island). Volunteer if you have the time...you'll be working with a dedicated group of professionals while really making a difference to marine wildlife and ocean health.
The ODA is an incredible organization that is focused on protecting our oceans and all the marine life that lives in it. I’m extremely impressed with the high caliber of all the volunteers who take part in the ODA sponsored cleanup dives each month here in Hawaii. The local efforts are paying off as hundreds of pounds of debris are removed each month from our ocean. I’m super proud to be associated with the ODA.
I add been shore diving with some of the ODA volunteers for quite some time. We always brought our game bags with us to collect any trash we would find. I was invited to come along to help remove abandoned lobster traps and met Kurt and his crew. I was hooked, this was a great group of volunteers who were doing something to help clean up the ocean and save animals from being trapped or caught in the lines left behind. I do hope more people will join ODA and give some of their time or donations to this wonderful cause.
Signed Bluesteal OML & ODA diver
I researched all the marine-oriented non-profits working to make the oceans better, and Ocean Defenders Alliance stood out above all the others. A great group of people go out and work hard to remove traps hazardous to marine wildlife from the ocean with little to no fanfare. Everything is volunteer based, so 100% of the effort goes to supporting their mission. The more time I spend with Kurt and his team on the water, the more impressed I am with the results, and am now proud to call myself part of the ODA volunteer team
ODA is the absolute best. The people are so kind and just care about protecting ocean life and keeping it clean. They are professional and concomitant and over all on top of it. The clean up dives are a privileged to be a part of. NO ONE BETTER
I had an absolutely wonderful experience with Ocean Defenders Alliance! I went out with them off of Kona, Hawaii. We ended up spending over an hour diving the harbor pulling up tires, wires, saws, carpet patches, you name it! Their enthusiasm every time we brought something new up off of the bottom was infectious! They were right there with us helping to haul the big stuff on to the boat. I can’t wait to go out with Kurt and ODA again!
I am very pleased to have this opportunity to review this fantastic and amazing organization and their critically important work. I have known Kurt, and followed his work with ODA, for many years. His dedication, along with everyone else connected with ODA, to removing awful and harmful debris of all kinds from the ocean, including ghost gear, is truly awe inspiring. ODA has been making a tremendous difference in the real world for the health of ocean ecosystems and wildlife. ODA has removed tons of debris from the ocean for many years. Their work has saved countless lives, and helped allow damaged areas to recover. ODA divers face many dangerous challenges as they do their amazing work. It is truly an amazing organization that has made and continues to make a very big impact in a critically important way.
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.
Our organization has been working with Ocean Defenders Alliance and their founder Kurt Lieber for many years. They do outstanding work and are true heroes of our marine environment. We look forward to working together for many more years as we try to make our planet a better place.
We love ODA!!! Plastic Ocean Project, Inc and ODA have collaborated over the past 10 years creating an East Coast/West Coast action team!
Ocean Defenders Alliance has talked the talk AND walked the walk. they physically remove derelict fishing gear that can potentially maim and/or kill marine life at the risk of causing themselves injury. There are not many organizations that put themselves on the line in order to project marine life, one pot, one line, one net at a time. This line of work is financially as well as labor intensive. They get the job done with visual results. Thank you ODA for getting manmade debris out of the ocean and marine life out of harms way.
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.
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.