The 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. The rocks were transported from California aboard the Shell Starship truck on its main cross country voyage. The remainder of the material was provided by Lamb's Yacht Center as part of there major marina renovation effort.
We had a chance to briefly dive the new Starship reef site and are excited with its seafloor footprint. The reef structures piled nicely and will provide surface area for encrusting organisms as well as shelter for a diversity of fish species. The reef site is 70 feet deep and the materials provide a vertical relief of several feet.
We are looking forward to the second barge load deployment which will be executed in the near future. The second load of material is being provided by Gate Precast and will include some fantastic structures.
It is awesome to have the support from the CCA, BCT, Shell, Lambs Yacht Center, and Gate Precast to make this project come to life. There are others involved as well that are making the project a reality including contractor Dames Point Workboats, those of us at TISIRI, the City of Jacksonville, and many individuals. Thanks to all for contributing to this important conservation project.