Species Slideshow

Stethojulis bandanensis
Stethojulis bandanensis (Bleeker, 1851)
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Abudefduf sexfasciatus (Lacepede, 1801)
Glaucosoma scapulare
Glaucosoma scapulare (Macleay, 1881)
Neotrygon kuhlii
Noumea simplex
Noumea simplex (Pease, 1871)
Pinna bicolor (Gmelin, 1791)
Fromia polypora
Fromia polypora (H.L. Clark, 1916)
Crenavolva aureola (Fehse, 2002)
Thais ambustulatus
Thais ambustulatus (Hedley, 1912)
Valenciennea immaculata
Valenciennea immaculata

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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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 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.       

The statistics are in and they show a huge amount of garbage was collected on Clean-up Australia Day. In all over 2700 items weighing 179kg were collected from the transects, and an estimated further 80kg picked up from adjacent random sites.