The Ocean Defenders Alliance is working for a debris free sea. 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 their 40-foot vessel the Clearwater. The boat crews are volunteer deckhands, mechanics, divers, and the captain is ODA Founder and President Kurt Lieber. The team’s primary action goal: Remove man-made pollution from the oceans, leaving marine habitat and wildlife in a safe and thriving environment.
To date, the majority of work has been off the coast of Los Angeles County in Southern California. They also operate off of Orange and San Diego Counties. In the near future they are planning to expand northward to Ventura Country and the San Francisco Bay area.
The Clearwater has called San Pedro Harbor (California) home since 2007. They have been steadily cleaning debris in the area for many years. As part of continuing commitment to proper stewardship of our oceanic neighborhood, they visit remaining debris sites known to them within a 5-mile radius of our docking space – from the northwest corner of Palos Verdes, west to Catalina and south to Long Beach.
In this relatively small but intensively exploited area, over the last 10 years they have already removed:
* 12,000 pounds of squid nets
* 13,000 feet of polypropylene trap line
* Over 150 traps (lobster and periwinkle snail)
Unfortunately, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Commercial fishing vessels continually leave behind tons of lost and/or abandoned gear…and they are going to remove it!
They have the boat, the volunteers, and the cleanup plan…but they need additional resources to achieve their goals. With your financial support, they will realize their objectives and get this important work done!
Please help protect defenseless marine life by donating as generously as you can, today.
Director: Petrina Sharp
Sponsor: NONPROFIT FIRE, Fundraising for Nonprofits
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