Walkover – February 15, 2014

Water Temp: 73° F
Air Temp: 67° F
Max Depth: 44 ft.
Start Time: 9:32 am
Dive Duration: 38 min.
Wind:SW: @ 13 MPH
Weather: Sunny

Current: North @ 1.25 knots
Visibility: Horiz.35 ft., Vert. 40 ft.
Seas: 1 ft.
Boat: Republic V, Jupiter Dive Center
Lat-Long: 80°03.7487; 26°57.8937

  The goal for this dive was to map the perimeter of the reef with specific points on north, south, east, and west; video benthic growth; and obtain a fish count. One mapper with the GPS, one fish counter, a videographer and one photographer were dropped on this site while the rest of the team dove the IDOT location.
  The Jupiter Stepping Stone Reef Project began in August, 2010 and encompasses about 400 acres in 25 to 45 feet of water. They are made of concrete and limestone boulders, as well as remains from the old Flagler Memorial Bridge. These artificial reefs create habitat, including food and shelter, in mid-depth waters for juvenile fish leaving the estuaries thereby serving as "stepping stones" before the fish move on to deeper waters. In just a 3 ½ months time, a site inspection found hundreds of fish representing 32 species and 18 families and many invertebrates already encrusting on the rocks.
   On our dive of the Walkover, 42 species of fish were identified and many invertebrates were videoed. It was amazing to see the walkovers from the old bridge sitting so you could "walk" on them while surrounded by so many fish. Along with the boulders, this is a great habitat for our area fish. On the IDOT site, two goliath groupers and a nurse shark were spotted cuddling in a large culvert. The Team agreed that they would love to do this site again!

Brock's Rocks – February 15, 2014

Water Temp.: 71° F
Air Temp.: 75° F
Max Depth:  39 ft.
Start Time: 11:23 am
Dive Duration: 52 minutes
Wind: SW@ 20 MPH
Weather: Sunny

Current: North @ 1.25 knots
Visibility: 20 ft. but dropping;
 Vertical Viz: 30 ft.
Seas: 1-2 ft.
Boat: Republic V, Jupiter Dive Center
Lat-Long: 80°03.7346; 26°57.2243

  The goal for this dive was to map the perimeter of the reef with specific points on north, south, east, and west, video benthic growth, and obtain a fish count. Our second dive for the day was another spot located within the Jupiter Stepping Stone Reef Project. This area is closer to the inlet and visibility was greatly affected by the outgoing tide. As with the first dive, the site is a great habitat for many fish species and the team was excited at the abundance of fish. Over 36 species were noted on this site, including Big Eye Scad, Mackerel Scad, Southern Sennet, Spot Fish, Stripped Croakers, and a few Lionfish.

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