Massive concrete blocks used to create artificial reef off Florida coast

Massive concrete blocks used to create artificial reef off Florida coast
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POSTED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 2:04pm

Twelve miles east of Ponte Vedra, Florida heavy blocks of concrete aboard a Coast Guard Cutter were dropped into the ocean.

Joe Kistel, Executive Director of TISIRI, a marine conservation organization, said it was a carefully planned operation.

"Today we are doing something different with the help of the Coast Guard. We are actually going to use these old buoy anchors and what these are the anchors that held navigational aides offshore in place. The Coast Guard as a maintenance routine has to go and replace these occasionally. So we partnered with the Coast Guard to take these old anchors and to build an artificial reef," said Kistel.

The 60,000 pounds of concrete are being used to create a relatively small reef next to existing artificial reefs.

The goal of this reef is research.

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