Guice Offshore once again teamed up with the Coastal Conservation Association and the John Michael Baker Memorial Foundation to help John’s mother place his ashes in a specially designed artificial reef ball that would protect her son’s memory for all time.
Headed out to John’s reef together with our partners at Global SubDive on October 9, 2022, Guice Offshore (“GO”) applied the GO America’s powerful A-frame, dynamic positioning and other heavy equipment (shown in the video below) to place the sentimental new underwater addition to the growing circle of life it now engenders since we first helped to build it in 2018.
The deployment took place just offshore from Broward County, Florida’s Port Everglades, where the GO America makes her home base.
To take a virtual tour of the GO America and view her specs, click here.
Read the John Michael Baker story and watch the WSVN news clip here.
Read the 2018 story and watch the WPLG (an ABC News affiliate) clip here.
In 2018, the Foundation teamed up with the Coastal Conservation Association Florida-Broward Chapter (CCA Broward) to launch the John Michael Baker Memorial Reef. The artificial reef project was deployed in August 2018, which was Phase 1 of a 5 year project.
The reef constructed off the coast of Fort Lauderdale is dedicated to John with a memorial plaque celebrating his passion for everything “ocean.”
Proceeds from the annual John Michael Fishing Tournament continue to fund the project. Through sponsorship, donations and tournament participation, John’s memory lives on through ocean conservation and the continuing support of student education through scholarships. The Foundation has awarded $150,000 in scholarships in the first four years.
About this week’s deployment, President of the Coastal Conservation Association Broward Chapter Mike Lambrechts said: “It’s hard to find words for today because there are too many. It was our fourth John Michael Baker Memorial Reef Deployment in the last several years, and this one was just that much more special.
“Charlie Gregory at the Reef Institute will be happy for more places for their corals to grow,” others wrote on social media. “It was great work by JMB foundation, CCA, Guice Offshore, Broward County, Industrial Divers, Mike Lambrechts and many others for their work to help restore our reefs by providing substrate structure for corals to grow and shelter for coral protecting fish to live, among other marine life. Walk the walk and this team is incredible and walks the walks. Industrial Divers and Guice Offshore have also been involved in removing many of the million or so tires that were dumped years ago in 60 ft of water off Sunrise, known as the Osbourne.”