Species Slideshow

Aetobatus ocellatus
Aetobatus ocellatus (Kuhl, 1823)
Sargocentron ittodai
Sargocentron ittodai (Jordan and Fowler, 1903)
Novaculichthys macrolepidotus
Novaculoides macrolepidotus (Bloch, 1791)
Lutjanus argentimaculatus
Lutjanus argentimaculatus (Forsskal, 1775)
Amaryllis philatelica
Amaryllis philatelica (Lowry and Stoddart, 2002)
Terenolla pygmaea
Terenolla pygmaea (Hinds, 1844)
Prionurus maculatus
Prionurus maculatus (Ogilby, 1887)
Synodus variegatus
Synodus variegatus (Lacepede, 1803)
Heniochus diphreutes
Heniochus diphreutes (Jordan, 1903)
Centropyge heraldi
Centropyge heraldi (Woods and Schultz, 1953)

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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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Upcoming Events


This years SURG weekend camping trip will be at Illaroo Campground which is north of Minnie Waters in the Yuragir National Park. 


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Check out the latest information in the flyer here.

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Check out the SURG ' Events' page for details of the upcoming Sea Slug Census on the Coffs Coast. Join with other like-minded citizen scientists on 17-20 January 2019 to search for and photograph these much admired slugs of the sea, whether it be in estuaries, rock pools or offshore reefs or all... Read more

The estuarine habitat resilience project is nearing its close with a report soon to be published. As part of the project SURG has created fact sheets to educate the public in the health of our often overlooked estuaries.
Have a look at these fact sheets!

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Despite days of rain and a dreary forecast the rain cleared momentarily and the creek was clear enough for SURG members to go ahead with their planned survey and clean up at Red Rock over two October days.

On the 12th the creek was surveyed for debris. A team of 5 divers set out four 25m... Read more

SURG AGM was held on the 18th July and a new committee was formed. The committee comprises of six members.

Committee bottom row, left to right: Mel Buhler (Sectretary), Nicola Fraser (President), top row, left to right: Susan Gibbs (Treasurer), Neil Vaughan (Social), Darryl Wong (Vice... Read more