Divers work to clear debris off California coast

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Updated: 10/27/2013 11:26 am

CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands.

The Ventura County Star reports Sunday that the nonprofit group Ocean Defenders Alliance began scouring the area for abandoned ocean gear in September.

They have found everything from anchors to decayed traps. Last week, divers recovered a 200-pound net.

The Huntington Beach-based group formed more than a decade ago and has done much of its work around San Pedro. It has also worked off the coast of San Diego and Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

One volunteer says he once found an artificial reef with hundreds of toilets and tires off the Malibu coast.

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