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CCA/BCT Starship Reef Deployment

10-13-18The 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....
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Diving With An Eco Purpose

8-30-18TISIRI 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.https://youtu.be/rgEei6xwyqIThe divers were able...
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Reef Balls Have Landed

8-6-18A 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. ...
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Ships To be Deployed For Reefs

11-13-17Two 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...
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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....
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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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Juvenile Oyster Recruitment

Scientists have suggested that oysters are likely to have a major spawning event around April every year (Oysters in the St Johns River). During this period larvel oyster concentrations are high in the waterway and likely to attach to suitable structures should they come into contact. ...
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John C. Leone Reef and Statue of Jesus Placement Success (Video)

The John C. Leone reef was successfully created on Friday 12 miles off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida. Part of the reef creation process included placing a 1000 plus pound statue of Jesus on the sea floor (70 feet below). Although placing the statue was challenging, the entire deployment process went well and a new marine habitat has been created in memory of John Leone. Watch the how the statue was placed in the video below.
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Site Scouting For Future Oyster Reef Habitat Project

3-4-15A Jacksonville oyster habitat creation project is in the works and today a team investigated a site of interest in the Mill Cove area (a section of the St Johns River near the Damespoint bridge). Participants pursued with a "boots-on-the-ground" investigation in order to become familiar with the...
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