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which are plentiful and readily available. “The hard part is transferring the materials; finding a location like a marina to use to load things onto a barge, and then finding equipment to move it out to the location and unload everything. One deployment can be very costly and it can take years,” he said. Joseph has been diving recreationally since 1989 and turned his passion into a career when he became an instructor and opened Fantasy Scuba in 1993. Roger DeBruler Jr., marine resource program assistant for Charlotte County has been regularly diving every single reef in Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor for the past decade. “I had to dive all of them to get the permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, and I typically dive them monthly to check on how they’re holding up, if they’re stable or if they’ve moved around,” DeBruler said. He also reports regularly to Florida Fish and Wildlife on the health of the fish populations on the reefs. DeBruler said the first artificial reef constructed in Boca Grande was the Cape Haze Reef, and the next was Mary’s Reef. The most recent additional deployment made to a Boca Grande reef was the Matlacha bridge that was added to the Novak Reef in 2012. All of the reefs Capt. Chris Wittman & first mate Chris Zolman have made several dives to the reefs and to the bottom of the Pass. Photo by Sue Erwin An assortment of fishing line is shown caught on the outer edge of a reef. Boca Beacon archive photo


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