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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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A Push To Increase Offshore Habitat Restoration Activities

We are in discussions with City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission in an effort to increase offshore habitat conservation efforts. The major activities we are encouraging to scale include habitat creation projects (artificial reef construction), reef site maintenance, and awareness programs showcasing the unique opportunities the region's offshore...
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Hospital Ground Ledge Reef, St Augustine

This video shows the amazing natural bottom reefs offshore St. Augustine Florida. The reefs sit in about 90 feet of water and some of the ledges provide up to 8 or more feet of vertical relief. The site is great for both fishing and scuba diving.https://youtu.be/FY06CiTPk34...
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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...
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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...https://youtu.be/qZhtdYgIjdAThe Starship Reef is the largest...
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