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Lionfish Found in Cold Up-Welling Waters

Yesterday we embarked on a trip to deep waters off the coast of Jacksonville Florida to see if we would find Lionfish in the recent up-welling cold seafloor water temps. We traveled nearly 45 miles east of the coast and visited live bottom and artificial reef...
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Lionfish Outreach and Insight Videos

Below are videos describing the invasive Lionfish situation in Florida and objectives to reduce the negative impact they are causing to regional ecosystems. All the Lionfish footage included was captured by underwater cinematographer (and TISIRI director) Joe Kistel.Aug 2016 Plague-like concentration of Lionfish encountered https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFij2ABJrjwJune 7...
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Lionfish Hunt, Sell, Eat… National Geographic Story

TISIRI's Joe Kistel teamed up with National Geographic to create this story regarding the overwhelming numbers of Lionfish in the northern Gulf. The segment follows the journey of the fish from being hunted all the way to the dinner plate.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQJQnm_qC14...
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Scouting for reefs in need of servicing

Last week a team of TISIRI divers made a trip offshore Jacksonville Florida in effort to locate and verify habitat sites for an upcoming reef restoration effort. The goal was to identify reef locations that had fishing line and anchor rope entanglement hazards that could benefit from...
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Near Death Shark Found with Bullet Wound

12-12-15Today we made a very disturbing encounter at an artificial reef site known as the Casablanca. As shark was found very near death with what appeared to be a head wound caused by a bullet. Below is a brief video clip showing how the shark was...
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Small Lionfish Struggle In Wave Current

On our last few observational and scouting dives we encountered Lionfish. Of course this is nothing new (at least since the invasion began) but our findings were intriguing. We found that every Lionfish we encountered was very small, around two to three inches in length. We...
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TISIRI’s Joe Kistel Featured As Ocean Hero

The nationally distributed Origin Magazine recently published its latest edition with an emphasis on marine conservationist. TISIRI's own director and underwater cinematographer Joe Kistel was featured as an Ocean Hero. Click on the image below to see the segment or look for a copy of Origin Magazine...
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Entangled Loggerhead Sea Turtle

8-28-15This past Sunday TISIRI's Larry Davis encountered a dead loggerhead turtle during a recreational dive off the coast of Jacksonville. Based on Larry's observations we decided to send a team back out to relocate the turtle, confirm the death was due to entanglement, and remove any entanglement...
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National Geographic Local Lionfish Video

Florida's lionfish epidemic is getting international attention. Earlier today National Geographic published a video story featuring commentary by University of North Florida lionfish researcher Dr. Eric Johnson and lionfish footage by TISIRI's Joe Kistel. National Geographic posted the content to their FaceBook page (two different times) which...
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