The work ODA does to clean our oceans and protect marine life is invaluable and has my support. The time and dedication of the team makes a difference for all.
I don’t live on the coast but I visit every chance I get. Getting back to the ocean is like getting back in touch with a nearly-forgotten part of me. To experience the brine, breeze, scents, and sea life rejuvenates my soul and refreshes my consciousness of the world far beyond my desert home. Nothing spoils that experience like the obvious evidence of mankind’s carelessness on the beach. ODA has helped me realize that what I see on vacation is a tiny symptom of a massive global problem. ODA’s results demonstrate their approach of documentation, education, and action is an effective trident in defense of our oceans. Keep up the great work!
I have participated in four of Ocean Defenders Alliance events in Kona, Hawaii. Events are well organized, efficient and seem to target areas of high need (with lots of marine debris). While I regularly collect marine debris while diving for fun, these organized events are an efficient way of making a real difference in a specific place in terms of marine debris. Kurt and his crew have been a pleasure to work with.
ODA is AUTHENTIC. Their team has a genuine care for their mission and they put their values as a non-profit above everything else. I’m excited to continue following their journey as they continue making a difference.
Ocean Defenders, through its volunteers, is dedicated to removing man-made debris from the Southern California coastal waters, and Hawaiin harbors.
Over a number of years, I have been able to participate in clean-ups at many different locations. Each successful outing gives all of us a high level of satisfaction.
The dedication of the volunteers to the aim of Ocean Defenders to 'Create a Debris Free Sea' is simply astounding.
I have been on several underwater cleanup events with this nonprofit. Each event was well run, safe, and well briefed as to what was going to happen underwater. I look forward to their next event.
This is an organization that actually does the hard work of cleaning up the ocean. Divers physically remove ghost traps and nets that would otherwise keep killing our ocean resources. It's hard, dirty work done by committed volunteers.
There is no group more committed to cleaning our oceans than ODA.
Thank you for the kind words!
Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) sponsors a monthly cleanup dive in Honolulu, Hawaii. ODA takes volunteer divers to different locations to clean up abandoned fishing line, lead weights, and any other trash that is found. It is well organized and a fantastic experience.
We are proud supporters of this fine organization. ODA donates both time and resources to being on the front lines of all ocean clean-up days here in Hawaii. They lead a growing group of volunteers who dive deep, dig down, and relentlessly remove debris that is damaging to both the undersea environment and the marine life that can only flourish in clean waters. They are personally invested in the success of each operation and passionate about their commitment to save the coral and preserve the delicate balance of life below the surface of our seas. Come join this dedicated effort and discover the exhilarating feeling of doing good!
David & Lucy Staples, Big Island, Hawaii
ODA is a group of passionate people giving of their time and heart for the good of our planet, the living things in our oceans, and the benefit of all of us who want to enjoy co-habiting this world and our ocean with the wildlife that live there.
I follow this non-profit and their progress, and they make a difference every week. Donations are money well spent, and it’s groups like this that change the world, one reef, one beach at at time.
I have witnessed in person how dedicated ODA is to well being and conservation of our oceans and natural environment. The world needs more courageous, caring people like these volunteers that work so wholeheartedly in efforts to help clean Mother Earth and help it’s creatures . Bravo ODA, god bless you all!
Ocean Defenders Alliance is more than a great cause, they also use their donations as effectively as any ocean conservation organization I have personally given to.
The awareness and education they spread about debris in our ocean and human impact on the environment is amazing but their volunteers also have the most amazing tangible impact also. They are out there pulling out debris that harms our marine life and their cleanups have immediate and lasting benefits. Supporting ODA gives me confidence my donations are being used well.
This is such a great mom profit organization. Everyday they go out and retrieve things us humans have left or gotten into The Ocean. Plastics,gillnets,fishing line and equipment,etc. This is a great group of people caring for our Oceans so our next generation can have the same Ocean experience that we have the privilege to be able to enjoy. I am so proud of what they have accomplished so far. Much respect to all of you
I have done several cleanup dives with ODA Hawaii, as well as beach cleanups when surf conditions aren't favorable. They are conscientious and dedicated people who simply want beautiful clean oceans for wildlife and people alike.
Ocean Defenders is a great charity. Each trip they make into the Pacific Ocean they retrieve thousands of pounds of abandoned fishing equipment which is a danger to all marine life.
These guys arenot just helping the earth when they are at ocean. They are teaches outside and doing what they know will help the earth by reusing, recycling and watching on what laundry detergents you use. I say this because my father in law is proud member of the ODA!!
ODA is a great organization! Very well run, dedicated, highly focused, and efficient. I volunteer on the underwater cleanups, and in the time I've been involved we've removed tons of dangerous underwater debis that would have otherwise killed marine life
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
I'm the owner of Island Divers Hawaii. Ocean Defenders Alliance charters (discounted for a non-profit) our dive boat monthly to clean up fishing debris and trash off the beautiful Portlock wall in Hawaii Kai.
We advertise the event to the local dive community who volunteer their time to come out and clean up the local reefs. They also contribute in a small way financially to Ocean Defenders Alliance.
I've been around the block a few times, this is one of the best non-profit, community and local business collaborations I've ever seen. No government grants and no one getting paid, but yet it is a three-year ongoing effort that continues to thrive and grow. We typically have more volunteers wanting to go on a clean up than we can safely take on the boat now.
I'm proud to be a part of it!
Continues to regularly sponsor ocean clean-ups removing fishing gear and other man-made trash at heavily used sites with large amounts of debris.
ODA has a unique mission to clean up our coastal waters saving coral, fish and other marine life. What they do is so important to the preservation of our oceans!
What an awesome non-profit with an excellent mission - to clean up the oceans!!! I volunteer as often as I can for their events.
Phenomenal group of volunteers that are protecting our marine life and precious reefs here in Hawaii. They are also the only group with a permit to keep the reefs at Hanauma Bay clean and free from debris.
My brother and sister-in-law both volunteer for this amazing organization. Every time they pull nets or hooks or garbage out of the ocean in Hawaii I give a little cheer from Wisconsin! I love the ocean and sea turtles and snorkeling, and I am so thankful for what ODA does!
This is an amazing non-profit filled with volunteers who are passionate about making sure our oceans are clean and that the sea life there is protected as best they can. They are committed and make sacrifice out of their personal lives to do all they can to perpetuate the beauty and condition of the oceans around us.
I have seen several videos of people finding whales dying slowly from fishing nets wrapped around their bodies. People do all they can to cut the nets off and free the whale and it is OBVIOUS that the whales are in joyful gratitude of this help - proving that they are sentient beings. I have seen dead whales with stomachs full of plastic that killed them. You have seen just as many photos of sea animals suffering from human trash. These situations are murder by neglect. It is no different from seeing any living innocent being tortured.
Ocean Defenders Alliance CARES and is doing what they can to clean up this situation. If I weren't old with poor health I would be right there with them. They save my sanity. These are true heroes.
I've been involved with ODA since the beginning (almost 20 years!) and have seen the dedication of the crews to get as much marine debris out of the coastal waters as possible. I think every shoreline needs ODA!
ODA is undeniably one of the world's top experts in marine debris removal! Their unparalleled expertise in hauling out abandoned fishing gear (along with plastic and other manmade pollution) is invaluable to coastal waters and marine life that are suffering from this hazardously and often deadly debris. If you follow ODA, you will see the most hard-working and passionate volunteers carrying out the organizations mission on behalf of so many people who care about the ocean but just can't get out there on the water to do it themselves! Hooray for ODA!
Ocean Defenders Alliance is an extremely important, effective, and inspirational organization. I have been following their work for many years. They have taken an amazing leadership role in identifying and addressing the issues of ghost gear and other trash and debris in the marine environment, and in developing and providing remedial plans of action to address these challenges. With their volunteer base, and fantastic leadership and planning, they are removing huge amounts of garbage, toxic matter, and derelict gear from many ocean locations, helping to save innocent wildlife, and to restore ecosystems. They have also had great success in raising awareness about these deadly problems with many audiences and with students and schools. I greatly admire and support their work. They have had an incredible positive impact on the environment!!!
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.
The roll Ocean Defenders plays in our environment is of utmost importance for our creatures of the sea, and the polluting of our oceans. Kudos to the team for their hard work and dedication.
this is one of the few great truly grassroots organizations that does what they say and puts their money where their mouth is! Its no-frills operation means that your $ goes straight to what ODA is all about: clearing dangerous and deadly debris from our oceans to protect our precious sea creatures, and even us humans too! I have had the privilege of seeing first hand some of the volunteer crews in action with Kurt Lieber, the founder, and I have never seen more hard-working and dedicated people!
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
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!
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.
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.
ODA is the only group I know of directly removing dangerous and deadly fishing debris from our coastal waters. This organization needs more funding and more chapters - every major city in the world should have one!
Ocean Defender's Alliance Is simply the best. As a Naturalist for the American Cetacean Society, Marine Biology Teacher, and a new member of their crew, I can speak from experience. Kurt Lieber has a passion that is infectious. We see whale entanglements off our Southern California Coast several times a year. We participate in several beach clean ups. But what happens when the gear is abandoned/lost in the ocean? How do we protect our whales, sea lions, sharks and other marine life then? Enter ODA. Who knows how many animals have lived as a direct result of the gear and lines being found and pulled from the sea before the entanglement occurs. I can't speak highly enough about Kurt and all of the volunteers that are the force behind this organization.
We are so grateful for Ocean Defenders Alliance! They are the real deal unlike some of the other ocean charities we have seen over the years, not to say there are not other good ones to. ODA actually gets out there and makes a difference to the creatures in the ocean rather than just talking about why it should be done. They suit up and show up and they care. They have gotten thousands of ghost net left behind from derelict fishermen, and they have saved countess dolphins, seals, fish, turtles, name it! The Healey's
This group is passionate about removing debris from the ocean to make it a safer environment for everyone (ocean animals and humans)! Kurt is constantly making an effort to expand the organization's work and share his results to benefit ocean resource managers and better inform the public.
ODA does amazing work helping to remove deadly debris from our ocean and raise awareness of the dangers of lines, abandoned traps, trash, and nets and the effect they have on this fragile marine ecosystem.
I've personally been involved in many cleanups and it is the most gratifying experience and really feels like you are making a difference!
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.
They are very focused and skilled in what they do. I was personally thanked when I contributed. I think what they are doing is very special, and very effective.
I have known of ODA since they were founded about 17 years ago, and I have been pleased to see what they have been able to accomplish on a modest budget. Founder Kurt Lieber has been tenacious in organizing expeditions to haul out deadly ghost gear and tons of trash.
Ocean Defenders Alliance is a wonderful small grassroots nonprofit working to clean up the bay in Southern California. We need more small groups that care about clean water, safe places to dive. They also are committed to cleaning up old nets that tangle fish, old fishing line, lobster pots left behind, and much more. Please check them out and always support your small local grassroots nonprofits.