Species Slideshow

Cephalopholis sonnerati
Cephalopholis sonnerati (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
Physalia physalis
Physalia physalis (Gmelin, 1788)
Ceratosoma amoenum
Ceratosoma amoenum (Cheeseman, 1886)
Gymnothorax kidako
Gymnothorax kidako (Temminck and Schlegel, 1847)
Tamaria sp.
Cephalopholis urodeta
Cephalopholis urodeta (Forster, 1801)
Heniochus acuminatus
Heniochus acuminatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Paracanthurus hepatus
Paracanthurus hepatus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Berthella martensi (Pilsbry, 1896)
Centropyge bicolor
Centropyge bicolor (Bloch, 1787)

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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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As part of research into the impact of the bottle deposit scheme on garbage in NSW, Bob Edgar in now conducting the penultimate clean-up of this...

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Tom will show some of his encounters with the amazing creatures within the Solitary Island Marine Park, which he has filmed over the years.

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For this meeting we are fortunate enough to have Chris Goatley from the University of New England who will talk to us about coral reef fishes....

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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

SURG isn't only about diving and research. SURG members also enjoy sharing other activities such as camping, hiking and kayaking.

In May this year SURG members and their families trekked south for what is becoming an annual event – the camping weekend at Hat Head. Arriving on the Friday... Read more

SURG members and local Red Rock volunteers helped to plant 14 Casuarina glauca (Swamp She-oak) seedlings that were supplied by Jaliigirr Nursery and they also transplanted Juncus and other native grasses into the previously installed coir matting.

Previously planted lomandra longifolia... Read more

SURG is in the next stage of the Estuarine project with the rehabilitation and protection of the foreshores of Corindi Creek.

With the help from several Red Rock locals and materials supplied by SURG and Reflections Holiday Parks, the group undertook the first stage of the Corindi River... Read more

"Do you like sea anemones? If so, I would love to hear from you. My name is Nicola Fraser, I'm a PhD student at Southern Cross University in Australia, and I'm really keen to learn about sea anemones in the marine aquarium trade. As part of my project, I'm interested in which... Read more