Species Slideshow

Scomberoides lysan
Scomberoides lysan (Forsskal, 1775)
Baeolidia australis
Baeolidia australis (Rudman, 1982)
Calcinus gaimardii
Calcinus gaimardii (H. Milne Edwards, 1848)
Periclimenes ornatus
Periclimenes ornatus (Bruce, 1969)
Chaetodon pelewensis
Chaetodon pelewensis (Kner, 1868)
Micromelo undatus
Micromelo undatus (Bruguiere, 1792)
Urocaridella antonbruunii (Bruce, 1967)
Lutjanus russelli
Lutjanus russelli (Bleeker, 1849)
Acanthurus triostegus
Acanthurus triostegus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Tritoniopsis elegans
Tritoniopsis elegans (Audouin, 1826)

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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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Christmas is nearly with us again and as usual SURG is celebrating its Christmas at the Boambee Researve. 

The shelter has been booked for...

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The final phase of the Estuarine project is now complete with four interpretive panels installed adjacent to Corindi River, Moonee Creek, Coffs Creek and Boambee Creek. These panels help inform the general public on the threats unique to each of these 4 estuaries so the visitors, residents,... Read more

SURG members are continuing their research in the Coffs Coast region, this time at the Coffs Harbour marina. The research and community engagement is by:

assessment of fish and other marine biodata identified through baited underwater remote videos (BRUV) on the marine pylons a marine... Read more

This year's camping trip was to Illaroo Campground near Minnie Water in the Yuraygir National Park. SURG members had a great time enjoying the wildlife, the peace and quiet of the park and the opportunity to socialise with club members. Two of the more active in the group made their way to the... Read more

The Inaugural Coffs Coast Sea Slug Census held from the 18th to 20th January 2019 was a great success despite the strong winds and cold 18 degrees water temperatures. The event kicked off on the Thursday evening prior to the Census with a Marine Discovery Series talk... Read more