Weekly Rotary Meeting-Kurt Lieber Ocean Defenders Alliance

When:
May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2017-05-03T12:00:00-10:00
2017-05-03T13:30:00-10:00
Where:
Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
USA
Cost:
20.00
Contact:
Linda Collard, Executive Director

Kurt Lieber Ocean Defenders Alliance

Ocean Defenders Alliance is a non-profit organization, whose goals are to work for a debris free sea. Kurt Lieber is the founder and president of this Southern California based group. Kurt has been helping out with marine related organizations in southern California since 1982. He has spent time volunteering with: Marine Forest Society, Friends of the Sea Lion (now called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center), Pacific Wildlife Project and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Kurt has been scuba diving our waters ever since he moved here in 1979. While enjoying the wonderful diversity of ocean wildlife, he also saw the downside of the loss of bio-diversity happening right in front of his eyes. He decided to start organizing people to remove man-made debris from our waters in order to prevent this gear from killing animals needlessly. Thus was born Ocean Defenders Alliance, (www.oceandefenders.org ) whose mission is to remove abandoned fishing gear and facilitate the rehabilitation of our marine ecosystems. This ghost gear kills marine life long after it is discarded. Most nets are made out of either nylon or monofilament line, and scientists estimate they will last over 650 years in the oceans before they fall apart and break up into smaller pieces of plastic. ODA was started in 2000 with a donated boat and a lot of enthusiasm from local activists. They obtained official non-profit status in 2002. By 2004 they were out pulling abandoned lobster traps off the coast of Laguna Beach, Orange County. In 2007 Sea Shepherd donated a 40 foot boat to ODA. Renamed the “CLEARWATER”, this boat allowed us to go out for longer voyages and to start removing abandoned fishing nets for the first time. Then in 2014, with the help of Mr. Bob Barker, we purchased a new (used) boat. We renamed it Mr. Barker’s LegaSea. The LegaSea is a 55 foot sport fishing boat that we re-configured to accommodate up to 6 divers and a support crew of 5. T

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