Species Slideshow

Urocaridella antonbruunii (Bruce, 1967)
Parma polylepis
Parma polylepis (Gunther, 1862)
Achoerodus viridis
Achoerodus viridis (Gill, 1863)
Brachaelurus waddi
Brachaelurus waddi (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
Coris dorsomacula
Coris dorsomacula (Fowler, 1908)
Pomacentrus nagasakiensis
Pomacentrus nagasakiensis (Tanaka, 1917)
Talostolida teres
Talostolida teres (Gmelin, 1791)
Trizopagururs strigatus
Ciliopagurus strigatus (Herbst, 1804)
Anadara trapezia
Anadara trapezia (Deshayes, 1840)
Diadema savigny
Diadema savignyi (Audouin, 1829)

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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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The Environmental Trust has given the green light for the second stage of the SURG estuarine project, Community action blueprint to enhance estuarine habitat resilience.

 This year marks 25 years since the area surrounding the Solitary Islands was first gazetted as a Marine Reserve, to later become known as the Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP).

With all the talk of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and, closer to home, in the Solitary Islands, it is good to know that some corals are healthy and seem to be thriving among their bleached relatives.

SURG members are currently undertaking emergency surveys to assess the worst coral bleaching ever seen off the Coffs Coast. Water temperatures as high as 27.5 degrees were registered at South Solitary Marine Park in March, causing widespread bleaching on corals growing as deep as 20m. 

SURG members and local dive operators have witnessed severe bleaching in the Solitary Islands, in particular the Pocillopora variety of coral.