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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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  • How the Starship Reef Was Constructed
    A brief video showing how the "Starship Reef" was created of the coast of northeast Florida. Reef materials were acquired from multiple sources and loaded strategically on a massive ocean going barge. Check out how it was all put together... The Starship Reef is the largest reef habitat creation project ever deployed at the Floyd's Folly permitted zone 12 miles Continue…
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  • Starship Reef Survey Report
    Artificial Reef Post-Deployment Survey Floyds Folly Permitted Area 10-29-18 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: CCA/BCT Starship Reef Summary: The Starship reef was created using approximately 1200 tons of clean concrete material off the coast of Jacksonville Florida Continue…
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  • Fish Habitat Structures Placed At Starship Reef
    10-20-18 The awesome structures Gate Precast provided for the reef creation project were successfully placed on the seafloor this weekend. Below is a quick 1 minute video recap of the reef creation process. Starship Reef Coordinates: 30°10.199' 81°09.305' We were fortunate to be able to take advantage of a brief weather window that mother nature provided this past Saturday. Seas Continue…
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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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