Juno Pier – November 7, 2015

Water Temp: 78° F
Max Depth: 32 ft.
Start Time: 8:18 am
Dive Duration: 42 min.
Weather: Mostly sunny
Wind: E @ 10-12 mph

Air Temp: 86° F
Current: N @ ≤.25 kts
Visibility: Horiz. 45 ft.
Seas: 3-4 ft.
Boat: Little Deeper
Lat/Long: 27*58.863/80*03.013

 The goals for this dive were to map the site, video benthics and obtain a fish count.
    This reef consists of concrete culverts and limestone boulders. They were pushed off of a barge, concrete on one side, limestone on the other, but a storm came up causing surge which in turn caused the reef line to be wavy instead of straight. Some of the concrete is almost buried.
    A Goliath Grouper was hiding in one of the concrete culverts. A school of Bigeye Scad was hanging around as well as Blue Runners. A Nudibranch and a Florida Sea Goddess were spotted. Several lobster were noted on the rocks, and a few others on the concrete. Sponges, hydroids, and other inverts are noted to be growing on this site.

Andrew "Red" Harris Reef– November 7, 2015

Water Temp: 78° F
Max Depth: 45 ft.
Start Time: 10:08 am
Dive Duration: 56 min.
Weather: Mostly sunny
Wind: E @ 10-15 kts

Air Temp: 86° F
Current: N @ ≤.25 kts
Visibility: Horiz. 35 ft.
Seas: 3 ft.
Boat: Little Deeper
Lat/Long: 26°57.945N/80°03.549W

    The goals for this dive were to map the site, video benthics, and obtain fish counts.
   This is a brand new site that was deployed in August of this year, approximately 3.5 miles from the Jupiter Inlet. This reef was named for Andrew “Red” Harris who was struck and killed by a boat while snorkeling near DuBois Park last year. The site is constructed of “Reef Cells” that were modeled after Bahamian coral heads by designer Chris O’Hare. Chris told the Palm Beach Post that he wanted to “create a marine habitat that was relatively easy to create, easy to deploy, and maximized the amount of bio-activity possible in a small footprint.” Each cell in the Harris reef begins with a 2,000-pound base used to attach it firmly to the ocean floor. The cells are composed of Portland and aluminate cement, weigh anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 pounds and are about 6 feet wide by 8 feet long. They vary in height from 5 to 8 feet high.
   The team dropped in on an area just south west of the pods that contained older materiel, concrete beams, with a lot of growth on them. From this site, the team went north and east to the new area. Some of the reef cells have already begun to sink into the sand. The map team swam the perimeter of the site to get coordinates for the area.

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