Ocean Defenders Alliance

Huntington Beach, CA   |  www.oceandefenders.org

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 posing serious threats to ocean wildlife and habitats.

Notes from the nonprofit

ODA is honored to be the "cleaning crew of the ocean"! We are fueled by the passion of our supporters and are volunteer-driven. We're fiscally frugal and transparent, so please let us know any questions you might have. We'd love to have your support and work for a debris-free sea together!

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Mr. Kurt Lieber

Main address

19744 Beach Blvd. Box #446

Huntington Beach, CA 92648 USA

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EIN

32-0065856

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ODA is needed because global fisheries are in crisis; oceans more polluted than ever. Major causes of these problems include derelict fishing gear and other harmful man-made debris that indiscriminately trap, or if ingested, starve ocean life–either results in death. This gear can ruin habitat and continue to injure and kill wildlife for hundreds of years. ODA volunteers remove hazardous debris, restore habitat, and defend ocean life. We will continue our work, grow our alliance, and expand our activities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ocean Debris Elimination Campaign

Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) 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 posing serious threats to ocean wildlife and habitat. ODA was created to fill a void in the world of marine conservation; we take on the role of “cleanup crew” for the seas. Many talk of needing clean oceans, but ODA "dives in," physically removing ghost gear (nets, lines, traps, and other debris). We use ships crewed by our dedicated volunteer SCUBA divers to remove deadly marine debris from oceans, especially protected areas like the Channel Islands off of Ventura County, California. ODA has completed hundreds of life-saving excursions, but commercial fisheries continue to lose gear and uneducated people continue to pollute. We also clean beaches, wetlands, and other waterways, as well as performing underwater cleanups of boat harbors in Hawai'i and California. Much remains to be done, which is why ODA is also looking at ways to address the sources of these issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Greatnonprofits Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Amount of derelict ghost gear removed from the oceans.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Ocean Debris Elimination Campaign

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Figures are total weight (in pounds) of debris we removed from the oceans. This includes: squid net, gill net, other net, trap remnants, miscellaneous debris, & plastic debris. 2020 boat issues fixed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) will expand our defense of ocean life and habitat through pursuit of the following objectives:

• Utilize our volunteer crews and vessel(s) to clean the oceans of harmful man-made marine debris, by removing more debris each year.

• Work with business/industry (especially those related to commercial seafood), as well as consumers, politicians, legislators, and relevant agencies to recover manmade debris from the oceans. We will work with these same entities to reduce and eventually eliminate harmful debris going into the seas.

• Build our alliance by educating and forming respectful, effective relationships with the general public; other conservation organizations; current and retired commercial fishermen; and local, regional, and national politicians and “influencers."

• Starting with California, we ultimately seek a debris-free sea where ocean wildlife is able to not only survive, but thrive.

As our team and resource growth allows, ODA continues our ocean-going debris removal operations, and is slowly expanding into other regions. We are proud to now be able to shift operations between Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura counties (California) and the Hawai'ian islands (Big Island and Oahu)—prioritizing according to circumstances and logistics.

As funding allows, we will obtain more and better boats of the type that fit our needs and financial realities.
ODA is also building alliances with politicians, legislators, and business. We seek at all times to work in a constructive manner with representatives of business, politics, enforcement, and conservation; we will work together with a focus on mutual best interests.

Thoughtful use of our social media and website helps update existing supporters. This allows ODA to more effectively share our progress with our various audiences—and greatly enhances our ability to both educate the public, and garner new support.

ODA's team of volunteers is made up of hundreds of volunteers from southern California and Hawai'i, and a core group of highly dedicated and highly qualified divers, mechanics, and electricians. The people involved in our work are ODA's most valuable “resource."

As we continue our work within California's Channel Islands—which is simultaneously a National Park, National Marine Sanctuary, and Marine Protected Area—we have built effective relations with many oversight agencies governing this special ecosystem. They have reissued the requisite permits that allow us to carefully remove debris from within this highly sensitive island region

Thanks to the generous support of TV celebrity and animal advocate Mr. Bob Barker, we have a vessel that is much more capable than our previous boat, and much more reliable.

Our website is highly functional and engaging, has fresh content added regularly, and is equipped with a variety of donation methods to allow public support easily/quickly.

2017 was a great year of successful expansion in the Hawaii Islands. We had mechanical challenges in California, but it did not stop us. We had an overall total of 61 outings; 31 in CA and 30 in HI. Our dedicated teams removed: 7,850 pounds of man-made debris; 8 traps; 2,640 feet of trap line; 9,000 feet of fishing line; and 3,295 pounds of nets. Our reps gave 32 presentations to students, boat/dive clubs, and civic organizations. Both onshore and at-sea volunteer involvement grew.

Goals: In 2018, ODA plans to conduct 48+ life-saving, debris removal expeditions; complete 20 harbor and inland waterway cleanups; give 40 presentations to dive clubs, civic groups, schools; remove 5,000 pounds of nets and other miscellaneous debris from the ocean; retrieve 18,000 feet of trap and fishing line from the ocean.

Objectives: In the next 1-3 years and beyond, ODA will increase our debris removal in CA and HI for each of the coming years.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

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Ocean Defenders Alliance

Board of directors
as of 4/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kurt Lieber

Kim McCoy

Community Volunteer

Jim Lieber

Engineering Consultant

Kurt Lieber

Managing Director - Ocean Defenders Alliance

Bonnie Monteleone

Marine Biologist - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Bill Cooper

Director of the Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of California at Irvine

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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