Species Slideshow

Engina australis
Engina australis (Pease, 1871)
Chaetodon plebeius
Chaetodon plebeius (Cuvier, 1831)
Onchidium daemelli
Onchidium daemelli (Semper, 1885)
Heliacus variegatus
Heliacus variegatus (Gmelin, 1791)
Chaetodon reticulatus
Chaetodon reticulatus (Cuvier, 1831)
Trachypoma macracanthus
Trachypoma macracanthus (Gunther, 1859)
Goniobranchus verrieri
Goniobranchus verrieri (Crosse, 1875)
Malacanthus latovittatus
Malacanthus latovittatus (Lacepede, 1801)
Pempheris oualan
Pempheris oualensis (Cuvier, 1831)
Chironemus marmoratus
Chironemus marmoratus (Gunther, 1860)

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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 next SURG camping trip will be at Hat Head Holiday Park from the 24th to 26th March. The holiday park is beside a clear clean creek for...

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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

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 has followed the Trust's review of the first stage, which they found to have made good progress against the project's... Read more

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). To mark the occasion, celebrations were held with many guest speakers drawn from user groups, stakeholders, and the... Read more

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.

Acropora sp . corals, among some others, appear to have been able to... Read more

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.... Read more