Category Archives: dive results

Invasive Lionfish Populations Increasing?

ABC/NBC news story depicting the high numbers of invasive Lionfish TISIRI Divers encountered. Check out the full news story at the news website here.
9-9-16 Invasive Lionfish have been found offshore the coast of northeast Florida for some time now in substantial populations. However more...
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Scouting for reefs in need of servicing

Last week a team of TISIRI divers made a trip offshore Jacksonville Florida in effort to locate and verify habitat sites for an upcoming reef restoration effort. The goal was to identify reef locations that had fishing line and anchor rope entanglement hazards that could benefit from...
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Near Death Shark Found with Bullet Wound

12-12-15Today we made a very disturbing encounter at an artificial reef site known as the Casablanca. As shark was found very near death with what appeared to be a head wound caused by a bullet. Below is a brief video clip showing how the shark was...
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Entangled Loggerhead Sea Turtle

8-28-15This past Sunday TISIRI's Larry Davis encountered a dead loggerhead turtle during a recreational dive off the coast of Jacksonville. Based on Larry's observations we decided to send a team back out to relocate the turtle, confirm the death was due to entanglement, and remove any entanglement...
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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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A glimpse of the most infested Lionfish regions

Notable Lionfish hunters claim the northern Gulf of Mexico contains the highest congregations of invasive Lionfish that they have encountered in all of their Lionfish hunting excursions. This past Sunday a small team investigated a specific region presumed to hold high populations. The team included TISIRI's Joe Kistel (cameraman), FWC's Alex Fogg (Lionfish harvester), and Captain Grayson Shepard (trip host, consultant, and harvester). The team visited two underwater structure sites in the northern Gulf and were astonished with what they encountered. Words can fully describe the experience but the brief video clip below paints a pretty vivid picture.
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Sunken Coast Guard Tender Spike 5 Years Later

In the summer of 2009 the retired United States Coast Guard Vessel Spike was sunk off the coast of Jacksonville to create marine habitat. This summer makes 5 years since the deployment. TISIRI divers made several visits over the summer months to observe the current condition of the reef. Today the vessel has already become a flourishing reef. The brief video story below shows the dramatic difference between when the vessel was underwater on day one and now.
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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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