Past Events

October 2021

Wednesday 6th - 7:00pm

Leaf oyster reefs in northern NSW

Prof Kirsten Benkendorff, Director, National Marine Science Centre

There is increasing global recognition for the ecological importance of oyster reefs. Unfortunately, there is also wide spread evidence for significant declines in shellfish reefs, with 99% of these reefs in Australia now considered “...

June 2021

Friday 11th - 7:00pm

Reef Life Survey have been conducting fish and invertebrate surveys in the Solitary Islands Marine Park on a regular basis for more than 10 years. Come along and hear about some of the trends regarding the fish and invertebrate diversity and species densities at this presentation by John Turnbull, Reef Life Survey East Coast Coordinator. Free entry, starts at 7 pm sharp.

March 2021

Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st

SURG members are again having a camping weekend at Hat Head.

Located east of Kempsey, it's an easy one and a half hour drive from Coffs Harbour. The Hat Head campground is nestled between a delightful estuary and an exceptional surfing beach, and there is a nearby National Park. The area offers a great range of activities which include paddle boarding, kayaking, bushwalking, surfing and fishing. Or, just relaxing with a book!

You can book your site online at...

January 2021

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st

SURG, in conjunction with the Southern Cross University National Marine Science Centre, will be holding the third annual Coffs Coast Sea Slug census in 2021. The event will start with introductory talks, COVID restrictions permitting, either at the NMSC downstairs auditorium or by ZOOM, on Thursday 28th January. The census will start next day, Friday 29th January and run through until midnight on Sunday, January 31st. All citizen scientists are...

November 2020

Saturday 28th - 9:00am

Welcome to the annual SURG Christmas party, to be held on Saturday, 28th November 2020. We were fortunate to be able to hire the Harry Weller shelter for the day, as we have done for a number of years past. The hire is for the whole day, so feel free to rock up anytime after 9 am, where you could have a picnic lunch, swim in the creek etc but the main event will start closer to 5 pm, when it is expected most people will turn up for the day. Bring food and drink and a plate to share, there is...

February 2020

Wednesday 12th - 7:00pm

Come along to our first meeting of the year to hear the results of the annual Sea Slug Census in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The Census will be held on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of January so the meeting will be a chance to hear the results which include the most species found, most unusual species and the best photograph.

Note that this is one week later than our usual meeting dates of the 1st Wednesday of alternate months.

If you can't make it to the Sea Slug...

January 2020

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th

SURG, in conjunction with the Southern Cross University, National Marine Science Centre, will be holding their second Coffs Coast Sea Slug Census on the 10th to the 12th of January, 2020. (Note the survey has been extended to include Friday). The event, beginning at midnight on Thursday and finishing at midnight on Sunday, will include all the waters of the Solitary Islands Marine Park as well as coastal waters to Brooms Head in the north and Sawtell in the south.

Some sea slugs...

November 2019

Saturday 23rd - 2:00pm

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

The shelter has been booked for the whole day to give club members a chance to enjoy the swimming and kayaking. However, most people arrive in the late afternoon about 5pm to share the Christmas party.

Bring something to put on the barbeque and nibbles to share and don't forget some change the $5 entry and for the raffle.

October 2019

Wednesday 2nd - 7:00pm

After a green sea turtle laid a nest on Boambee beach in 2018 people started to ask, do sea turtles nest regularly in NSW? To answer that question the NSW Government Saving Our Species program funded a recent review of historical nesting records in NSW and found some interesting trends. Come learn about sea turtle nesting behaviour and the NSW TurtleWatch program and how you can get involved.

About Holly: Holly has been working with sea turtles around the world for over 10 years and...

August 2019

Wednesday 7th - 7:00pm

"Earn & Return"

Has this initiative reduced marine pollution of urban mangroves and remote beaches of NSW? Does the analysis of 2 years of data collected by scientists, government agencies and local communities have a positive environmental story to tell re. reducing beverage containers in the marine environment? Bob's presentation will address these questions with an overview of the outcomes from the Container Deposit Scheme study on a state wide basis and a focus on what was...