Species Slideshow

Coralliophila squamosissima (Smith, 1876)
Dascyllus trimaculatus
Dascyllus trimaculatus (Ruppell, 1829)
Lutjanus kasmira
Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskal, 1775)
Holopneustes purpurascens (A. Agassiz, 1872)
Hologymnosus annulatus
Hologymnosus annulatus (Lacepede, 1801)
Hemigymnus fasciatus
Hemigymnus fasciatus (Bloch, 1792)
Meridiastra oriens (O'Loughlin, Waters and Roy, 2003)
Tritoniopsis elegans
Tritoniopsis elegans (Audouin, 1826)
Thalassoma nigrofasciatum
Thalassoma nigrofasciatum (Randall, 2003)
Anampses caeruleopunctatus juvenile
Anampses caeruleopunctatus (Ruppell, 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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Southern Cross University PhD student, Alejandro Tagliafico will talk about his research into corals. Alejandro's research looks at heterotrophic...

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The 2016 – 2017 progress report into estuarine habitat resilience has again shown the commitment of SURG and community members in identifying fish species in our estuaries, the health of our estuaries and seagrass habitats, hazards to our estuaries such as discarded fish traps and garbage and... Read more

SURG is currently doing a huge amount of estuarine research but little research related to open water diving. So to keep our members in the water and diving with fellow SURG divers, the club has been subsidising dives. This subsidy is in appreciation for the amount of effort many contribute to... Read more

Thirty two SURG members and friends spent Clean up Australia Day cleaning up Coffs Creek. The members collected 30 bags of rubbish weighing 1/2 ton, from just 400 metres of creek bank. The debris collected was categorised according to material and use and then counted. This data will be used in... Read more

The National Marine Science Centre hosted a Coral Bleaching Workshop on Thursday 27th October. Nicola Fraser, Ian Shaw and Bob Edgar attended as SURG representatives and the results of SURG's series of coral health surveys were among the presentations on the day. Scientists from institutions... Read more