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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Please note, this Event entry has been updated: Steve Dalton is planning a trip to Red Rock on Saturday this coming weekend (12th August) to conduct some swath mapping to detect discarded mud crab traps, as well as to try to capture interesting pictures for our interpretive panels and fact sheets. Steve has tentatively booked some campsites on the Friday night at Red Rock Caravan Park for anyone who wishes to camp.
Contact Steve or...
Shane White, an honours student with the Marine Science Centre, will talk about his research into the runoff caused by the blueberry farms in the Coffs Coast region. The runoff from surrounding lands and groundwater seepage can deliver dissolved and particulate nutrients to the stream, potentially causing environmental damage. Further use of agriculture can be a major contributor to this nutrient increase. In Shane's research he assesses the nutrient pollution from the blueberry farms by...
If you are interested in the fascinating biology and behaviour of cuttlefish, squid, nautilus and octopus come to this presentation.
Dr Karina Hall, a research scientist or the NSW Department of Primary Industries, will talk about these cephalopods which are found in NSW coastal waters and help SURG divers interpret the species and their behaviours that they may encounter during their dives.
Dr Hall is based in Coffs Harbour at the National Marine Science Centre and is...