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  • New Reef Modules Deployed
    Four new Reef Ball modules were deployed offshore St Augustine Florida at the St. Johns County "Bridge of Lions" artificial reef permit area. The reef ball GPS coordinates are: 29° 52'594 81° 09'164 Here is a brief video of the reef balls being placed into the ocean.
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  • 2 Years of Reef Evolution
    It is nearly the 2 year anniversary since a giant barge load of concrete reef materials, provided by Gate Precast, was placed into the ocean offshore Ponte Vedra. We just completed a dive investigation of the new artificial reef to check on progress. We were amazed at what we observed and provide a video and a few images below... It Continue…
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  • 100 Year Old Shipwreck Investigation
    Off the coast of St Augustine Florida there lies a shipwreck that has been known to local anglers as the "Bear Wreck." Recently the sunken wreckage has been identified as the remains of the infamous missing ship the Cotopaxi by Michael Barnette and LAMP ( Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program). A team of scuba divers investigated the wreckage and produced this Continue…
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  • Site Selection For Tugboat Reef
    Artificial Reef Pre-Deployment Survey Harms Ledge Permitted Area 10-4-19 Final Report   Prepared for: The City of Jacksonville Water Quality Branch Environmental Quality Division Environmental & Compliance Dept. 407 N. Laural Street, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32202   Re: Jimmy Dales Tugboat Reef Pre-Deployment Survey Permit No: SAJ-2007-00264-SCW Prepared by: Kistel Media LLC   Summary: To verify an adequate reef Continue…
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  • Down At The Dock Kids Fishing
    7-10-19 The Jacksonville Offshore Sports Fishing Club and supporting organisations hosted a dockside fishing event for children with special needs today. Lots of fish were caught and smiles were made. One young man landed a red fish with a bunch of spots, another a nice sheep head, and even a few stingray and toad fish were landed. We used a Continue…
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  • Artificial Reef Structures Evolve With Time
    In the fall of 2018 concrete double "T" structures (built and provided by Gate Precast) were placed in the Ocean to create marine habitat and the Starship Reef, A Coastal Conservation Conservation - Building Conservation Trust- Shell project. These reef modules have been in the ocean just over a half a year and are already covered in marine life and Continue…
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  • Reef Blocks Have Landed, GPS Coordinates
    The United States Coast Guard deployed several large concrete blocks to create marine habitat at a permitted artificial reef site offshore Mickler's Beach St. Johns County. The blocks deployed were retired navigational aid anchors. They once held large floating buoys in place but had expired their service life. USCG Sector Jacksonville and the Captain and Crew of the Maria Bray Continue…
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  • A Push To Increase Offshore Habitat Restoration Activities
    We are in discussions with City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission in an effort to increase offshore habitat conservation efforts. The major activities we are encouraging to scale include habitat creation projects (artificial reef construction), reef site maintenance, and awareness programs showcasing the unique opportunities the region's offshore waterways provide. News segment "Reef Restoration with the City of Jacksonville": (Joe Kistel Continue…
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  • Hospital Ground Ledge Reef, St Augustine
    This video shows the amazing natural bottom reefs offshore St. Augustine Florida. The reefs sit in about 90 feet of water and some of the ledges provide up to 8 or more feet of vertical relief. The site is great for both fishing and scuba diving.
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  • Eco-Diving St. Augustine Sunken Barge Reef
    There is a massive sunken hopper barge offshore St. Augustine Florida known as the Dorothy Louise. It is a fantastic fishing and diving location and home to a great diversity of marine life. Check out the exciting video below showing the awesome scuba diving the site provides as well as a few TISIRI divers doing there part to keep the Continue…
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