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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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  • 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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