MG-111 Barge – January 22, 2017

Water Temp: 77° F
Max Depth: 64 ft.
Start Time: 8:32 am
Dive Duration: 52 min.
Weather: Scattered clouds
Wind: SE @ 13 mph

Air Temp: 76° F
Current: N @ 1 kt
Visibility: horiz. 40 ft.
Seas: 2-3 ft.
Boat: Little Deeper
Lat/Long: 26°58.640N/80°01.500W

   The Team's goal for this dive was to note the condition of the wreck, obtain a fish count and video benthics.
    The MG111 Barge is a 195’ steel hopper barge with 1,000 tons of concrete light poles. It was deployed on September 28th, 1995 in 65’ of water.
    The site is covered in a large variety of sea life. There are a lot of tunicates, including White Condo and Black tunicates. Sponges ranging from pink lumpy to barrel sponges. Of course, Algae Hydroids cover the site as well as a large amount of Orange Cup Corals. A Nurse Shark, a 4’ Goliath Grouper, three friendly Stingrays and a Moray Eel also reside on this site.
   Some areas are being covered in sand, especially the edges, and there is also noted scouring on the south end of about 3’-4’. The concrete poles in the center of the barge still provide great places for fish to hide and inverts to latch onto.


Juno Pier – January 22, 2017

Water Temp: 72° F
Max Depth: 35 ft.
Start Time: 10:16 am
Dive Duration: 50 min.
Weather: Scattered clouds
Wind: SE @ 17 kts

Air Temp: 79° F
Current: N @ .75 kts
Visibility: Horiz. 25 ft.
Seas: 3-4 ft.
Boat: Little Deeper
Lat/Long: 27°58.863/80°03.013

    The goals for this dive were to 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.
    The site is sinking into the sand about 3’ - 5’. Some of the concrete is being buried by the sand. Dead Sand Dollars littered the site along with many varieties of sea shells. Trash and debris are accumulating around the bottom area of the culverts. One Sea Urchin was spotted hiding out in a niche of one of the square concrete culverts.


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