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Causes: Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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: 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 50-foot vessel donated by television celebrity Bob Barker and named after him: Mr. Barker's LegaSea. 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 manmade pollution from the oceans, leaving marine habitat and wildlife in a safe and thriving environment.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rex U.

Donor

Rating: 5

ODA does great work cleaning old debris from the oceans helping to save marine life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work ODA does to keep the ocean clean and safe for marine life is truly amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Does great work removing trash from the ocean in and around Los Angeles Harbor & Catalina.

Amy_242

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group! They do so much to help and preserve our sealife.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 William46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the good luck to discover the Ocean Defender Alliance and the good sense to join them. Nothing but positive interactions with Kurt and the people who assist him in making the seas a better safer place. I have been welcomed and appreciate for contributions of my time an expertise whether they be large or small. I just completed a recovery event and wished we could have stayed longer. Now that I am back on shore I await to email for the next outing.

glendaw278

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ODA is one of the most important organizations I am aware of that is doing hands on, pulling out the garbage cleanup of our oceans. I am happy to support them in my own small ways. The news they share about our oceans is informative and crucial to understanding the impact each individual can have - for positive or negative - on the health of our planet. Only with education can we hope to change the current path of destruction our planet is on. ODA makes good decisions and does amazing, planet saving work with the budget they have; all while educating supporters about why it is important for them to do what they do. I have designated them my charity of choice for donations when I shop online.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support Ocean Defenders Alliance! What most impresses me is that ODA is the only organization that I belong to that is the real deal. ODA is 100% hands-on direct action. I live near the ocean in Orange County, California so I see first- hand how hard our expanding human population can be on the health of the ocean and its marine ecosystems. Ocean Defenders uses its resources to pick up ghost netting, abandoned lobster traps, carelessly tossed fishing line and trash. Our oceans are gasping for breath. Ocean Defenders reminds me of a giant oceanic activist action figure. I am forever grateful for ODA's direct, first aid to the Pacific Ocean.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for ODA has been truly inspiring. The people involved are incredibly gifted in general and, more specifically, all are devoted to the ocean and to the planet. Kurt Lieber runs the best ship humanly possible. His knowledge of all facets, his concentration, his intuitive ability to know what's needed and to never put anyone in jeopardy all add up to incredibly successful and rewarding days on the sea. I revel in the accomplishments and in the spirit of comradery that abounds at ODA. This organization is top notch.

2 EarthKnight

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A truly excellent organization!

I have worked with nearly 40 nonprofit organizations in various capacities over the last 26 years, and have known the Founder and President of ODA for more than 22 years.

Without hesitation, I consider Ocean Defenders Alliance to be among the best there is. Grassroots, effective, focused, and operating with integrity.

Please help me support them!

Advisor

Rating: 5

ODA is an amazing marine conservation organization that cleans the underwater ecosystem in Southern California year after year. It is managed with an eye toward leveraging donor funds for maximum impact. Untold numbers of marine animals have been saved by their efforts. If you care about the ocean and the future of our planet please consider supporting ODA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ODA your clean up and caring for our seas here in Orange County have helped protect our sea life from perishing from Ghost Traps left behind as well as debris that is left on top of the ocean that can also cause harm and death to our sea life. You are the Angels of Our Seas and I have been on the boat first hand and worked closely with President Kurt Leiber to witness ODA's amazing efforts and caring for our Orange County Seas which greatly effects our comunities and lives. The seas survive...we survive. Many thanks to ODA and please help to support this wonderful non profit organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

No one in Southern California makes our coastal waters safer for marine wildlife by reducing dangerous man-made marine debris from vital habitat than ODA. Focusing on the professional removal of abandoned & derelict commercial fishing gear that poses serious threats to numerous species. In the process, ODA carefully liberates live wildlife found trapped in nets and pots that needlessly continue to capture and kill long after being lost by the fishing industry.