Category Archives: concrete reef projects

John C. Leone Reef and Statue of Jesus Placement Success (Video)

The John C. Leone reef was successfully created on Friday 12 miles off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida. Part of the reef creation process included placing a 1000 plus pound statue of Jesus on the sea floor (70 feet below). Although placing the statue was challenging, the entire deployment process went well and a new marine habitat has been created in memory of John Leone. Watch the how the statue was placed in the video below.
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St. Johns River Reef Complete… Project Video Story

The purpose of the this project was to create habitat benefitting the river environment while providing a recreational fishing destination. The total deployment took 18 barge loads to the two permitted reef sites (the Coastal Conservation Association Reef and the George Holt Reef) over a two week time frame. Below is the video story that shows much of the efforts in making this project a reality.
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Mandarin High School Reef Balls

In the summer of 2009 several reef balls created by the students and faculty of Mandarin High School were placed 12 miles offshore Ponte Vedra Florida (Grant FWC-08259). This past Sunday the reef balls were visited to examine their progress as reef structures and below is brief compilation of video clips of the now thriving habitat.
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Fred Morrow Reef Placement Report

An artificial reef was created using over 700 tons of clean recycled concrete material off the Coast of Jacksonville Florida on August 2nd, 2013. The reef material was placed within the Floyds Folly permitted boundaries (Permit SAJ-2007-261) at an average depth of 73 feet.TISIRI located, surveyed, and mapped the reef material on 8-2-13 (less than one hour after the reef deployment). Divers that participated made general observations and swam prescribed radial headings sketching material layout along their path.Reef material was found dispersed in a random and sporadic fashion with both densely clustered congregations as well as isolated pieces. Some fish species were observed as well as a few mobile invertebrates. The reef was placed well within the permitted boundaries and the maximum vertical relief from the seafloor was below 50 feet from the surface. The reef deployment appears to meet regulatory requirements and should evolve into productive marine habitat.
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2013 Reef Creation Video Story and Pictures

Last Friday the Fred Morrow Reef was created offshore the coast of northeast Florida. The entire project was a significant amount of work but all very worthwhile. Please see the brief video story we created explaining the project from the start of acquiring the reef materials to the first underwater look of the reef. Pictures of the event are also included under the video. A big thanks to Larry Davis for capturing much of the footage featured within this video.
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Jacksonville Fred Morrow Reef Created Offshore Ponte Vedra Florida

8-2-13Today,approximately 800 tons of recycled concrete material was placed offshore northeast Florida 12 miles East of Ponte Vedra Beach. Project contractor Salonen Marine had the fully loaded barge onsite and anchored by 9:30 am. In a little under three hours time the entire reef material contents...
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Reef Material Loading Time Lapse

7-27-13Workers are busy this weekend loading the barge for the upcoming artificial reef deployment. Below is a time lapse segment of the barge loading. The camera was mounted on the roof of the crane and took pictures every one minute over a period of a few hours during...
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Research Reef Created Offshore Northeast Florida

Several large concrete blocks were placed offshore the coast of Jacksonville and St. Augustine thanks to the efforts of TISIRI, the USCG Sector Jacksonville, and the City of Jacksonville. The blocks placed were actually former navigational aid anchors that outlived their service life. As opposed to discarding the large blocks a plan to create a research reef was devised. This post is continued below the news video story of the project featured below.
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