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Does this statistic bother you too?
Every year, more than 600,000 tons of commercial fishing gear is lost in our global oceans.

We don’t like it either. Want to know what we do about it?
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YOU are vital in the fight against marine debris
We have the boats and we know where to find ghost gear and dangerous debris. Your financial support will help us get there!
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Are you ready to “dive in” with ODA?
There are many ways you can help: from right where you are, or you can join us on a boat or beach.
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We are defenders of the ocean
ODA volunteers can be vastly different in age, backgrounds, skillsets, and interests. But we come together for one shared cause: To clean our oceans and make them safer for all life.

Ocean Defenders Alliance

Operating from ship and shore, ODA's all-volunteer boat and dive crews remove derelict fishing nets, traps, lines, plastic, and other man-made debris threatening ocean wildlife and habitats.

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Ocean Defenders Alliance

Operating from ship and shore, ODA's all-volunteer boat and dive crews remove derelict fishing nets, traps, lines, plastic, and other man-made debris threatening ocean wildlife and habitats.

READ MORE

Crew and the Catch of the Day

Where we make a difference

 

ODA has two main geographical areas of operation. We have boats, divers, and onshore volunteers stationed in Southern California and the Hawaiian islands.

California

California

California has served as our homebase since ODA was founded in 2002. We remove debris of all kinds in the coastal waters and shorelines from San Diego to Ventura County.

Hawaii

Hawai'i

The high-volume of ocean debris in Hawai’i is alarming. Since 2017, we’ve had boats and volunteers on the Big Island and Oahu cleaning debris from beaches and in the water.

You are needed!

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Fuel ODA's boats, and sustain our efforts to clean our oceans.

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Dive in with us - on our boats, on shore, and from home.

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You want to know the latest & how to help: sign up now!

 

ODA's Articles

Read about ODA's actions and events in California, Hawaii, and elsewhere.

So Much Ocean Defending Work to Do

In these uncertain times, ODA is sure about one thing -- nature still needs protecting! So, we have a big agenda ahead of us. Let us take you on a tour of where we're looking to go. :-) We've got...

‘Fog’ Boat Wreck Continues to Snag Debris

Sunken vessels are “magnets” for abandoned fishing gear, so we make it a habit to return to boat wreck sites to clear the debris off them. Join our crew for a productive debris-removal outing...

Large Volunteer Turnout for Honokohau Harbor Cleanup

Our January 25th Honokohau Harbor cleanup event was a huge success. This event has grown in the last couple of years from 18 volunteers to over 45 volunteers now! Some of our volunteers came from as...

The Microplastic Pollution Problem

Kailua Beach, Oahu, has been in the press recently due to a massive amount of microplastics that have washed up on shore. Volunteers have removed thousands of pounds of the stuff, but we're losing...

Sandy Beach in Oahu Gets Cleaning by ODA

These two guys coordinated the Sandy Beach cleanup. Afterwards, they went to another beach and filled three more buckets with junk. Way to go! So, come on now and see what they did with a group of...

Report Ocean Debris

If you see ocean debris please let us know right away! Visit our Debris Report page.