By Steve Woods
While preparing for the first print issue to hit the stands since Oct. 2014, the 90265 Magazine crew headed to Channel Islands Harbor. We met with Kurt Lieber, founder of Ocean Defender’s Alliance and his crew to find out more about what this non-profit ocean conservation does to protect our local waters and to gather more information for an depth feature in our “Devocean to the Ocean” issue.
We left the harbor on “The Legasea”, a boat generously donated to Ocean Defenders Alliance by legendary tv host Bob Barker, and headed to the break wall in search of traps and debris left by local fisherman, which creates a hazard and unhealthy environment for sealife. The “Legasea” is uniquely devoted to working for a debris free sea.
Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) is a nonprofit grassroots marine conservation organization based in Huntington Beach, CA. ODA strives to make California’s coastal waters safer for marine wildlife by reducing dangerous man-made objects from vital habitat, focusing on the professional removal of abandoned and derelict commercial fishing gear that poses serious threats to numerous species.
Find out more about Ocean Defenders Alliance here.
Cece Woods considers herself the “accidental activist”. Having spent most her childhood on sands of Zuma Beach, Cece left Southern California in her early 20’s but it was only a matter of time before she returned to the idyllic place that held so many wonderful memories from her youth. In 2006, she made the journey back to Malibu permanently, the passion to preserve it was ignited. In 2012, Cece became involved in local environmental and political activism at the urging of former husband Steve Woods, a resident for more than 4o years. Together, they were involved in many high-profile environmental battles including the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project, Measure R, Measure W, and more. Cece founded influential print and online media publications, The Local Malibu and 90265 Magazine in 2013 highlighting the authentic Malibu lifestyle with a strategic focus on environmental and political activism. In the summer of 2018, Cece broke multiple global stories including the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and is considered by major news media as a trusted authority on Malibu.