Species Slideshow

Parma microlepis juvenile
Pomacentridae Parma microlepis
Stiliger smaragdinus
Limapontiidae Stiliger smaragdinus
Caliphyllidae Cyerce sp.
Aplysiidae Dolabrifera dolabrifera
Ranellidae Monoplex parthenopeus
Lamellaria sp.
Velutinidae Lamellaria sp.
Tritoniopsis elegans
Tritoniidae Tritoniopsis elegans
Dermatobranchus primus
Arminidae Dermatobranchus primus
Turbo imperialis
Turbinidae Turbo imperialis
Mobulidae Manta birostris

About us

The Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group Inc. (SURG), is a group of dedicated volunteers conducting research in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Formed in 1985, SURG membership is comprised of underwater naturalists, photographers and scuba divers, and our research provides habitat information and other data which may be used for the ongoing management of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Read more about

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Upcoming Events


SURG will be heading to Boambee Creek @ 10 am this coming Saturday to complete the baited underwater videos for the Estuarine Resilience project....

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5th December is our Christmas Party at the Harry Weller shelter at Boambee Creek Reserve. The shelter has been booked from 2pm which is a great...

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The speaker for the next SURG social meeting is Elaine Kwee. Elaine, a one time SURG member, has been involved with Sea Communities at Les Village...

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SURG members, Steve Smith, Bob Edgar, Matt Nimbs and Ian Shaw, recently took part in the inaugural Sydney Sea Slug Census, centred on Bare Island, at La Perouse, southern Sydney.

During the SURG estuary research project, SURG members have found number of abandoned traps in the local creeks. Some of these located had fish trapped inside. Some fish were released but one dead fish clearly died from starvation.

Members of SURG extend their thanks to Toormina students for donating $400 to the club.

SURG has been successful in its funding application to Recreational Fishing Trusts June 2015. This 3 year funding from the NSW Goverment Department of Primary Industries will support SURG's assessments of recreational fish biodiversity.

In early 2012 Coffs Harbour's Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc. received $34,164 from the NSW Government through the NSW Environmental Trust to conduct research into the health of coral communities in the Solitary Islands Marine Park.