Species Slideshow

Manta alfredi
Manta alfredi (Krefft, 1868)
Lissocampus runa
Lissocampus runa (Whitley, 1931)
Littoraria scabra
Littoraria scabra (Linnaeus, 1758)
Tridacna maxima
Tridacna maxima (Roding, 1798)
Lunella torquata
Lunella torquata (Gmelin, 1791)
Coris dorsomacula
Coris dorsomacula (Fowler, 1908)
Epinephelus merra
Epinephelus merra (Bloch, 1793)
Haliotis brazieri (Angas, 1869)
Nelusetta ayraud
Nelusetta ayraud (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)
Gnathodentex aureolineatus
Gnathodentex aureolineatus (Lacepede, 1802)

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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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On Saturday 24th June SURG members will again be joining others in the community to conduct a marine debris survey on Coffs Creek. This time the...

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Despite the cooler May water temperature Manta Rays can still be seen at North West Solitary Island. Two Mantas, which were approximately 2 metres across, circled the SURG research divers for half an hour. The photos of the undersides detailing their identifying marks have been sent to Project... Read more

SURG research has found a significant number of corals which suffered bleaching in 2016 never recovered.

In 2016 the significant bleaching event... Read more

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