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Nov 01 2017

ODA Trains with the NOAA Whale Entanglement Team

Training with grappling hookIs this cool or what?!

Two ODA team members got to train with NOAA's Whale Entanglement Team!

Now when we get the horrible news that a whale has been sighted with debris attached to it, we can help. Check out what the training session is like!

Read more: ODA Trains with the NOAA Whale Entanglement Team

Oct 26 2017

Fishing Lines and Lead Weights Litter Oahu’s Ocean Floor

ODA Expedition Leader Mary Christensen giving briefing

You've heard the saying "out of sight, out of mind." Well, marine debris is out of our everyday sight and tends to be out of mind for many people, but ODA is always aware of its damaging presence in our oceans.

Even in the beautiful blue waters of Oahu, Hawaii, abandoned fishing gear lurks on the sea floor, damaging ocean flora and fauna. That's why the ODA-HI Crew set out again to remove as much of the ghost gear as possible. You'll want to hear about their expedition -- click the link below!

Read more: Fishing Lines and Lead Weights Litter Oahu’s Ocean Floor

Oct 19 2017

Seal Beach Nat'l Wildlife Refuge’s Special Cleanup a Success

ODA Crew with days catchODA had the great good fortune to be included in a huge wildlife refuge cleanup!

We'd love to share the happy tale with you. Oh yeah, and we've got even more to tell you because did some additional related cleanup to the area.

Read more: Seal Beach Nat'l Wildlife Refuge’s Special Cleanup a Success

Oct 12 2017

Marine Wildlife Affected by the Health of Coral in Oahu

Dave Christensen and crew loading bucketsOn their monthly debris removal outing, our ODA-HI Crew removed a lot of fishing line, hooks, and other debris from a coral bed near China Walls.

Volunteer Westley Bagsby took some great underwater shots to document the removal. Boatloads of thanks to Westley and the entire crew!

Read more: Marine Wildlife Affected by the Health of Coral in Oahu

Oct 05 2017

Wetlands Cleanup at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Plastics in Seal Beach RefugePlease join us for a Wetlands Cleanup at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in Seal Beach, California.

Please come even if you can't stay the whole time!

Saturday, October 14th, 8am to noon

Let's work for a debris-free sea AND wetlands together!

 

Read more: Wetlands Cleanup at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Sep 26 2017

Humpback Whale Killed by Derelict Fishing Gear

Bob Talbot photo of entangled gray whaleGhost gear kills over 360,000 marine animals each year!

This poor gray whale (pictured here) wrapped in gill net is another example of the havoc that abandoned fishing gear can wreak.

This picture was taken in 2016 in Monterey Bay by Bob Talbot. Read about the latest victim of ghost gear in Australia...

Read more: Humpback Whale Killed by Derelict Fishing Gear

Sep 20 2017

Maui’s Sugar Beach Sure Looks Sweet (After ODA Cleanup)!

Check out the beach-cleaning efforts of James and Sheryl Bryneryour Maui Chapter of Ocean Defenders Alliance Hawai’i.

Let us know if you can take part in the next shoreline cleanup event!

Read more: Maui’s Sugar Beach Sure Looks Sweet (After ODA Cleanup)!

Sep 14 2017

Big Island of Hawai’i Coastal Waters Need Our Help

Megan n Sam w netODA-HI is thankful for people like Megan Lamson on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Our founder Kurt Lieber had a great day with Megan and another volunteer Sam removing over 1200 pounds of debris from one of the Big Island's beaches.

It's uplifting to know that Megan and company are getting so much off the beaches, while ODA will be working to remove what we can from the sea (before it reaches the shore). Check out the mind-boggling photos!

Read more: Big Island of Hawai’i Coastal Waters Need Our Help

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