I love that the Ocean Defenders Alliance helps to clean our ocean as much as possible! It is so important to have a healthy and clean ocean since it is 99% percent of the living space on this planet. It is great to work with such professional and passionate people and I am so glad that I can be a part of it. Keep up the good work!
ODA began as a longed for dream by my friend Kurt Liber to save marine wildlife. An old dilapidated boat was donated after we looked at a lot of "turkey boats" that were in our price range. Several would have been perfect for the final "boat blows up scene" in a movie. We worked on the boat for 3 years and 4 months in my driveway before it was seaworthy. From there ODA has become a global model of how to go about accomplishing one's dreams of cleaning up the oceans and creating focused public awareness regarding the challenges and solutions of wildlife rescue and ocean cleanup. Any resource donated to this organization is used in a honed efficient manner to solve the problem at hand. It's always "All Hands On Deck" at ODA. I am proud to have served as a volunteer and co founder.
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!
Getting fishing gear out of the water is one of the most direct ways to save ocean wildlife. Thanks to Ocean Defenders Alliance, it's happening. Plus, having extra eyes on and in the ocean helps identify issues - like too many fishing pots too close together - that gives inside info to the conservation movement.
I've helped ODA clean up LA Harbor. It is a selfless group doing great work to help our local environment. Thanks ODA.
I have helped ODA for years and cant think of a better way to directly impact the global environment via local direct action! Every dollar spent by ODA is applied completely to the removal of man made trash from our ocean. The change starts here!
ODA is an amazing organization. Truly a non-profit, existing with many volunteers who dive, maintain the ODA boat, and spread the word about our mission.
The hard work of the Ocean Defenders Alliance continues to make a big difference for the local marine ecosystems where they operate. Having watched them grow over the past several years, we're proud to have them as part of the Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue family.
We are partners of the Ocean Defenders Alliance and we find Kurt and his team to be incredibly effective at making a real difference to the marine environment. Their stories, shared on our Mission Blue website have inspired people across the globe to launch ocean cleanups of their own! Organizations such as ODA give us hope for the future!
Totally focused on cleaning up the ocean. I dive with ODA, and every dive we remove traps and nets that are down there killing the wildlife in our oceans. This is a noble enterprise worthy of everyone's support.
ODA is a group of highly dedicated, experienced individuals working toward a common goal. They are industrious and creative and the work they do is essential!
ODA is everything an organization should be: passionate, resourceful, reliable, frugal & always ready & able to help their cause. ODA rids the ocean of harmful abandoned fishing gear & anything else they find under the sea that's wreaking havoc, from car batteries to microwaves to nets and gear, they clean it up so the animals are safe and healthy. ODA is the best!
FANTASTIC organization, selfless and dedicated volunteers. I have helped on a few of their harbor cleanups and it is wonderful to see these altruistic people hauling leaky & destructive garbage out of the ocean waters.
ODA is in Hawaii! Great to have them here and cleaning up our ocean for the Marine life as well as keeping the debris from getting on our beaches.
I don't dive but as a land and water photographer, I have documented them in action.
I started donating when a great guy suddenly died. This was the organization that was recommended in memory of him. He had volunteered along with his brother so when birthday, anniversary date comes, holidays I donate in memory of him. What this organization does to try to get OUR ocean clean is so amazing. My bucket list includes actually visiting this place and maybe getting my hands wet in OUR ocean. Thank you Kurt for all you do, the time you put into this for everyone and animal in the ocean.
Ocean Defenders is a great non-profit advocate for the care of our oceans and its animals. When not on the ocean clearing ghost nets and debris, they are actively participating in outreach programs to the next generation of ocean protectors.
Ocean Defenders Alliance is a excellent protector of ocean wildlife. ODA has been very helpful in the fight against deadly driftnets that unnecessarily kill ocean wildlife like sea turtles, whales, dolphins and many other species.
Thank you so much for all the hard work you do keeping our oceans clean and sea life safe! ODA is one of the best local organizations and their services are valuable beyond measure!