Past Events

November 2018

Wednesday 7th - 7:00pm

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.

Coral reef fishes are some of the most colourful and biodiverse organisms on the planet, but a surprising number of species are tiny, and are overlooked by divers and scientists alike. In his presentation Chris will reveal the hidden biodiversity of global coral reef fish communities, explain how scientists sample small fishes, and highlight...

October 2018

Wednesday 3rd - 7:00pm

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

By adding music to the video footage he has tried to emulate the creatures movements.

September 2018

Sunday 23rd

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 project for Coffs Creek. As usual the clean-up will involve the collecting and collating of rubbish at the boat ramp to the creek behind Dolphin Magic in Coffs Harbour. Closer to the date Bob will check the tides and let us know what time to meet.

Wednesday 5th - 7:00pm

Between 2015 and 2018, SURG members, with the assistance from the general public, have been assessing threats to estuarine species and the habitats that they rely on during some stage of their life cycle. Using a number of research methods these threats were quantified and the impacts to the estuarine ecosystem determined along four local estuaries. This research aimed to inform the wider community of the local threats to critical habitats, identify areas of high risk, direct on-ground works...

August 2018

Wednesday 1st - 7:00pm

Dr. Ben Mos is a post-doctoral researcher based at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre. He will present a series of 5 minute talks about some of his research projects that revolve around two major challenges in the aquatic realm – (1) what impacts are humans having in aquatic ecosystems?, and (2) how can we use the aquatic realm to sustainably feed 9 billion people?

July 2018

Wednesday 18th - 7:00pm

The AGM will be held prior to the July Business Meeting on the 18th July. If you're keen to participate in the running of the club, the AGM is an opportunity to nominate yourself or other members for any of the positions which are all declared vacant on the night.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue; the upstairs boardroom at the NMSC, and will start at 7pm sharp. The July business meeting will commence shortly afterward, at approximately 7:30pm.

Following are...

Tuesday 3rd - 7:00pm

SURG member Neil Vaughan will show you around the Solitary Marine Park islands with fabulous photos and interesting commentary about all that makes SURG such a great place to visit.

June 2018

Sunday 10th - 8:30am

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Clean-up activities adjacent to Coffs Creek Sunday 10 June.

The survey is the 6th of 8 (the end is in sight), and the 2nd survey since the Container Deposit Scheme commenced in December 2017. If you can spare a few hours this it would be greatly appreciated. More hands make light work!

You should wear a long-sleeved shirt, light long pants (or wet weather overpants) and appropriate footwear for walking around in mangroves. If you have gumboots they would...

Wednesday 6th - 7:00pm

The next SURG social meeting will feature Kate Shaw, long term SURG member, who will tell you all about her diving holiday with Ian Shaw to Lord Howe Island. It's set to be a great night with a lot of fascinating information and glorious photos of Lord Howe Island, both below and above the surface!

Make sure you bring some change for the raffle and join us for a tea/coffee and a chat following the meeting.

May 2018

Friday 4th - 12:00pm to Monday 7th - 12:00pm

Last year SURG members enjoyed an activity filled weekend at Hat Head so this year the club has decided to return to this popular choice.

Hat Head is located east of Kempsey so it's an easy one and a half hour drive from Coffs Harbour. The Hat Head campground is nestled between an delightful estuary and an exceptional surfing beach. The area offers great range of activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, bushwalking, surfing and fishing.

You can book online at the...