Species Slideshow

Antigona persimilis (Iredale, 1930)
Chromis flavomaculata
Chromis flavomaculata (Kamohara, 1960)
Aluterus scriptus
Aluterus scriptus (Osbeck, 1765)
Domecia hispida
Domecia hispida (Eydoux and Souleyet, 1842)
Cypraea tigris
Gobiodon sp.
Gobiodon sp. (Bleeker, 1856)
Parupeneus spilurus (Bleeker, 1854)
Pseudolabrus guentheri (Bleeker, 1862)
Girella tricuspidata
Girella tricuspidata (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)
Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

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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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Jade Fredericks is a SURG member and Masters student at the National Marine Science Centre. In June last year she was lucky enough to travel to...

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SURG member Neil Vaughan will show you some photos he's taken over the year of our own back door, the Coffs coastline and the Solitary Islands....

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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

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