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  • CCA/BCT Starship Reef Deployment
    10-13-18 The first barge full of recycled concrete materials was deployed for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) / Building Conservation Trust (BCT), Starship Reef Project. Dames Point Workboats placed 640 tons of concrete pilings, demo pier material, and rocks in the ocean 12 miles East of Mickler's Beach. The rocks were transported from California aboard the Shell Starship truck on Continue…
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  • Underwater Conditions In Red Tide Affected Areas
    We recently posted a video showing underwater observations while diving offshore southwest Florida in late September. The region has been subjected to a long term and wide spread "Red Tide" or "Harmful Algae bloom" event that is causing devastation to marine life. Our findings were unsettling, over 30 miles offshore we observed a seafloor covered with dead invertebrates. Ironically however, Continue…
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  • Underneath The Red Tide in South Florida
    On Sept 19, 2018 TISIRI's Joe Kistel had the opportunity to video document seafloor conditions offshore southwest Florida. The region has been plagued with an ongoing "Harmful Algae Bloom" crisis. The brief video below provides a visual summary of what was observed underwater at regions 20 to over 30 miles offshore. The seafloor was covered in dead invertebrate animals including Continue…
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  • Diving With An Eco Purpose
    8-30-18 TISIRI divers made a visit to an artificial reef known as the Dorthy Louise barge (DL Barge) in an effort to remove snagged fishing line hazards. The site is approximately 20 miles east of the St Augustine Inlet and is 80 feet deep. The divers were able to remove a substantial amount of fishing line and other debris items Continue…
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  • Reef Balls Have Landed
    8-6-18 A few weeks back the USCG (United States Coast Guard) deployed new artificial reef materials offshore Ponte Vedra Beach Florida. Today TISIRI divers Nate Tucei, Ed Kalakauskis, Emily Leone, Glen Hoffman, Joe Kistel and Nick Duin of the City of Jacksonville investigate the new underwater structures. Three Reef Balls, as well as large concrete blocks, were placed at the Continue…
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  • USGC Reef Habitat Creation
    The United States Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville is utilizing recycled navigational aid anchors to create artificial reef habitat offshore northeast Florida. Video segment: Reef Ball and Block Deployment from the Maria Bray We are super excited about this collaboration with the Coast Guard. The captain and crew of the Maria Bray have been phenomenal and nothing short of a blessing Continue…
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  • Site Verification Survey Report (2018 CCA Reef Project)
    Summary: To verify an adequate reef deployment location for the upcoming CCA/BCT funded reef creation project, a dive team identified and surveyed an area of seafloor within the boundaries of the Floyds Folly area (Permitted Area SAJ-2007-261) on 6-10-2018. The Floyds Folly area may also be referred to as “FF” in the remainder of this document. Results of the survey Continue…
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  • “Sunken Conservation” Documentary Online Viewing
    After making its rounds on television our documentary "Sunken Conservation" is now available to view online. Watch it again below!
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  • Ships To be Deployed For Reefs
    11-13-17 Two vessels are intended to be sunk in the upcoming weeks off the coast of Volusia County Florida. The ships are destined to become artificial reefs and will evolve into thriving marine habitats. These structures will benefit the environment and provide recreational opportunities to fishermen and scuba divers. This past weekend Volusia county, the Coastal Conservation Association, and project Continue…
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  • UWJAX Offshore Underwater Outreach Campaign
    An exciting new Jacksonville awareness campaign is in the works called UWJAX. UWJAX stands for Underwater Jacksonville and plans to showcase the offshore and underwater destinations Jacksonville has to offer. Professional high quality video productions will be produced showing the amazing amount of marine life and offshore recreational opportunities of offshore Jacksonville. See the news story describing the campaign and Continue…
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