Category Archives: media

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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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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Spadefish "Tornado" News Media Story

While filming the sunken vessel below there came a moment when all of the sudden everything became dark. When the divers looked up they found a massive school of Atlantic spadefish blocking the available sunlight. Cameraman Kistel tried to capture some of the encounter and the massive "tornado" shape the school of spadefish created.
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Downtown Jacksonville Reef Project News Story

Below is a very well presented news media story discussing the completion and benefits of the new urban reefs near downtown Jacksonville. Story by Lindsey Boetsch of First Coast News.ABC/NBC News Story: Read More

St. Johns River Reef Complete… Project Video Story

The purpose of the this project was to create habitat benefitting the river environment while providing a recreational fishing destination. The total deployment took 18 barge loads to the two permitted reef sites (the Coastal Conservation Association Reef and the George Holt Reef) over a two week time frame. Below is the video story that shows much of the efforts in making this project a reality.
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National Geographic Features TISIRI Reef Cleaning Efforts

Earlier this month TISIRI divers headed offshore Jacksonville Florida to clean-up marine reef habitats. Popular reef sites were targeted assuming they would have accumulated the most waste material over time. National Geographic published a brief video story of the day's reef cleaning efforts (watch it...
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Goliath Grouper Sighting At New Reef Site

5-31-14 TISIRI divers Joe Kistel and Larry Davis made a trip offshore to capture some updated visual content of Jacksonville Florida's three newest artificial reef sites. These three reefs lie roughly 12 miles east of Ponte Vedra Beach. During the second dive, just before returning to the surface,...
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Offshore Jacksonville Lionfish Harvest Success

4-27-14We had a successful day of harvesting invasive lionfish thanks to a dedicated team of conservation focused participants. Over 150 lionfish were removed from three different artificial reef sites offshore Jacksonville Florida. Two of the reefs visited were sunken vessels known as the Spike and the Powerful, and...
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Lionfish Invasion Control Efforts News Segment

ABC/NBC news segment featuring lionfish control efforts. Unfortunately the problem does not seem to be getting any better but is in fact much worse. It is hoped lionfish harvest efforts and the associated research will help lead the way to more manageable control. Read More