Past Events

May 2018

Wednesday 2nd - 7:00pm

PhD candidate Stephen Conrad will tell us about his work at Hearnes Lake.

For a bit of background: A team of researchers at SCU was employed by the Coffs council to investigate pollution history in Hearnes Lake, Woolgoolga.

Hearnes Lake is a unique study location because it is an intermittently open-closed lake or lagoon (ICOLL) meaning there can be long periods of deposition in the lake basin between the lake draining. This area is of special concern because the small...

April 2018

Wednesday 4th - 7:00pm

Salomé Gonzales, a researcher at the National Marine Science Centre, will talk about her research into coral skeletons and past environments. Skeletons of massive corals can provide valuable archives of the environment where they live. Analysis of growth features and chemical elements incorporated into their skeletons has provide evidence of changes in the use of land and increases in nutrient inputs to coral reefs. Through her thesis, Salomé has explored the use of nitrogen isotopes to...

March 2018

Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th

As part of our current 'Estuarine Resilience' project, SURG is planning to carry out remediation works along Corindi River on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. We will be working along the bank down stream from the Red Rock boat ramp, where we will be installing coir logs and matting to retain the river bank in the short term. We will need approximately 12 helpers to move/carry coir logs, matting, soil, rocks and wooden stakes to the site that will be placed along the strand line....

Wednesday 7th - 7:00pm

Last year Shane gave a very interesting presentation to members and guests on his research into the impact of intensive farming on our local environment. This time, Shane will be discussing the results of his Honours research which involved analysis of water samples taken at various places along Bucca Bucca Creek during 2017. Overall, the analysis revealed a clear link between blueberry farming and nitrogen runoff in headwater streams. Shane's overall recommendation is ". . . site-specific...

February 2018

Wednesday 7th - 7:00pm

Associate Professor Christian Sanders will give the presentation on his research into coastal wetland vulnerability to sea level rise at our first social meeting of 2018. Following is information provided by Christian on what will be a topic of interest to us all.

After Christian’s presentation tea and coffee will be served. Don’t forget small change for raffle tickets.

Scope: There is growing concern that an accelerating sea-level rise will cause flooding in coastal...

Saturday 3rd - 9:00am

SURG will be hosting a Bunnings Fundraising BBQ on the 3rd February from 9am until 4pm.

This is a great way for SURG members raise funds for marine research in our precious Solitary Islands Marine Park.

SURG is calling for volunteers but if you can't do this it would be great to just come along and buy a sausage sandwich or just give some moral support.

If you can help contact us at...

December 2017

Saturday 2nd

Christmas is here again and SURG has decided to return to Boambee Creek, this time at the 'Alice Jeff" shelter. Keep an eye for the SURG banner.

The shelter has been reserved for the entire day although members usually arrive from mid-afternoon for a paddle and a swim or around 5pm to 6pm for the evening festivities. The reserve closes at 9pm. More details will be included next month.

Bring along some nibbles to share and something for a BBQ.


November 2017

Wednesday 1st - 7:00pm

At the November meeting SURG members will hear Elaine Kwee talk about the next expedition to Bali to assist with reef regeneration. Following is her letter to members and some photos of the 2017 expedition.


October 2017

Wednesday 4th - 7:00pm

Improving live feeds for ornamental larval fish aquaculture, an outline of the PhD undertaken by Alex Basford.

Most marine fish in the aquarium trade are sourced from the wild. Aquaculture has been touted as an alternative to wild harvest for popular species. However, a persistent bottleneck in finfish aquaculture is during the larval rearing stage, often due to inadequate foods. My PhD aims to develop new strategies to improve live feeds for fish larvae, with a focus on ornamental...

September 2017

Wednesday 6th - 7:00pm

In 2017 Kate and Ian Shaw travelled to Bali with a dual purpose: to participate in a 9-day "voluntourism" reef rehabilitation project at a fishing village, and to enjoy 7 days of R&R diving at old favourite, Tulamben. Kate's presentation will briefly outline the reef rehab project, and give divers new to Bali diving a look at some of what there is to see underwater.

The meeting will be followed by tea and coffee. Bring a cup for your drinks and some small change for the raffle...