Concrete buoys become artificial reef for research

Source: First Coast News-<br /> WTLV-TV/WJXX-TV

Sixty-thousand pounds of old concrete buoy anchors were dropped off the coast of Ponte Vedra, Fla., earlier this week to create an artificial reef that will be used for research. "What happens over time is this structure will serve as a foundation for the colonization of corals, algae, bacteria and as all of that stuff matures and grows it becomes shelter and food for basically all levels of the marine food chain," said Joe Kistel, executive director of TISIRI, a marine conservation group. "So by placing material like this over time, we create sort of an ocean oasis that's benefiting the environment and also the community, recreation, commercial industries."

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First Coast News-WTLV-TV/WJXX-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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