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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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  • Christ Statue Resurrected At Leone Reef
    7-16-17 A statue of Jesus was placed during the John C. Leone Reef in 2015. Hurricane Matthew toppled the statue in 2016. The statue has now been re-erected thanks to divers Jack Leone, Emily Leone, Ed Kalakauskis, Ed Dendor, and Joe Kistel. The project took planning, specialized underwater lifting equipment including a giant SubSalve lift bag, and most importantly teamwork. Continue…
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  • Sunken Conservation Receives First Place
    The documentary "Sunken Conservation" received first place in the Turquoise Bay Underwater International Film Festival! We are honored that this project, featuring TISIRI underwater conservation efforts, has received such an accolade. We are also excited this film, with its far reaching distribution, has help expose the amazing offshore opportunities Jacksonville has to offer. TISIRI thanks all those that were involved Continue…
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  • Jacksonville Reef Update, Floyds Folley
    Divers visited the Floyds Folley Reef area this past weekend to check on current conditions of the reefs in this permitted area. There were some rumors of damage since the last hurricane. We first visited the John C. Leone reef and eager search for the statue of Jesus. The statue was found laying face down but intact thank goodness. We Continue…
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  • Lionfish Video Draws A Large Viewing Audience
    A Lionfish video field produced by TISIRI's Joe Kistel for National Geographic continues to draw in a far reaching audience. The segment demonstrates how Florida is making lemonade from lemons out of the whole invasive Lionfish situation. Areas that a serving Lionfish actually becoming attractions drawing in people to try a taste of surprising delicious fish.
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  • Goliath Grouper National Geographic Story
    The Sunday following Thanksgiving National Geographic published this story about Goliath Grouper. TISIRI's Joe Kistel was the field producer and cinematographer, Ed Kalakauskis the support diver, and Larry Davis served as base camp support. A big thanks to Collier County, Chris D'Arco, Dr. Angela Collins, and KrackONoon charters for their help with the project. National Geographic Facebook Post:
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  • Over 111,000 Invasive Lionfish Removed From Florida Waters
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced today that over 111,000 invasive Lionfish have been removed from Florida waters since May of 2016. Pretty awesome but it is important to note that figure is only considering documented Lionfish removals. In all likelihood many more Lionfish have been removed. Divers around the state have been inspired by the importance of Continue…
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  • “Sunken Conservation” at Blue Ocean Film Festival
    We at TISIRI are proud to announce that our documentary "Sunken Conservation" was screened at the prestigious Blue Ocean Film Festival this November. The Blue Ocean Film Festival is a top international film hosting event that features environmental focused productions. Many other fantastic films were screened at this years event including Leonardo DiCaprio's "Before The Flood." We were really honored Continue…
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  • 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 recently we have heard rumors of high concentrations being encountered in certain regions. To verify Continue…
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  • Reef Service Video Takes 1st Place!
    A segment from the TISIRI television show production "Sunken Conservation" recently took first place in the Swim Shorts Film Festival. The video entered into the contest was titled "Reef Habitat Service" and featured the hands-on underwater conservation efforts of TISIRI divers. We were grateful for the opportunity to submit the story in the film festival and proud and appreciative of Continue…
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