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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.

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Recent research by scientists at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre has confirmed woodchip bioreactors are effective in reducing fertiliser run-off from local intensive horticulture. See the full article...

Seven SURG divers went to North Solitary to maintain the glass interpretive plaques on the underwater trail. In position since early 2003, the plinths have accumulated thick growths of coral and algae and every year or so, divers clean the glass...

The very successful third annual Coffs Coast Sea Slug Census was held recently, with over 35 participants taking part. Weather, as is sometimes the case, presented a few issues and only some of the offshore islands could be surveyed. Participants...

SURG volunteer divers recently conducted sea urchin surveys at four sites in the Solitary Islands. As the covid restrictions have been easing and space on the dive boats became more available, the members decided it was time to hold a subsidised...

The relaxation of the covid meeting rules allowed a gathering of SURG members to celebrate Christmas at the Harry Weller shelter, in the Boambee Creek Reserve. Around a dozen members gathered on Saturday 27th November, to catch up and share some...

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