What’s Underwater St. Augustine?

TISIRI's Joe Kistel recently provided a lecture at the University of Florida Whitney campus describing the underwater world, and related conservation efforts, of northeast Florida.

The lecture was recorder and can be watched below:

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New Reef Modules Landed on Target

In October the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Jacksonville deployed several artificial reefs modules offshore northeast Florida at the John C. Leone Memorial Reef site (JCL Reef). Forterra Pipe and Precast provided 11 clean concrete risers and Gate Precast constructed a custom reef site...

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Two Ships Scuttled

Two vessels were intentionally sunk offshore northeast Florida to create marine habitat and a new fishing and scuba ding location. Each vessel was over 100 feet long and went through rigorous preparations to become suitable artificial reef structures.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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-SCWPrepared by: Kistel Media LLC   Summary:To verify an adequate reef deployment location for the upcoming...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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