Species Slideshow

Apogon aureus
Apogonidae Apogon aureus
Cypraeidae Cypraea xanthodon
Thysanophrys cirronasa head detail
Platycephalidae Thysanophrys cirronasa
Atagema intecta
Dorididae Atagema intecta
Baeolidia australis
Aeolidiidae Baeolidia australis
Alpheidae Alpheus ochrostriatus
Risbecia tryoni
Chromodorididae Risbecia tryoni
Plocamopherus imperialis
Triophidae Plocamopherus imperialis
Gobiidae Gnatholepis scapulostigma
Plectorhinchus picus
Haemulidae Plectorhinchus picus

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

This months SURG meeting will be held on Thursday 16th July instead of the usual first Wednesday of the month. The meeting was changed to team up with the Marine Discover series talks.

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.

SURG has been successful in its application for the Environmental Trust Community Education grant. This grant is a community action blueprint to enhance estuarine habitat resilience.