Past Events

February 2018

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...

August 2017

Saturday 12th - 9:00am to 5:00pm

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...

Wednesday 2nd - 7:00pm

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...

July 2017

Wednesday 5th - 7:00pm

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...

June 2017

Saturday 24th - 11:30am

On Saturday 24th June SURG members will again be joining others in the community to conduct a marine debris survey on Coffs Creek. This time the survey will assess the impact of the Container Deposit Scheme which will commence in December 2017.

This event is open to any interested community members.

SURG and community members have been involved in a number of marine debris surveys and clean up events. Earlier this year SURG members and interested community members conducted a...

Wednesday 7th - 7:00pm

Our social meeting will feature two speakers who will share the fascinating research they are undertaking through Southern Cross University.

Plumes from whale carcass beach burials James Tucker will describe the sampling techniques involved in mapping leachate plumes from whale carcasses buried on beaches. He will show how this is relevant to biological contamination and shark attraction to the surf zone.

SIMP's sandy offshore seafloor is no desert Sophie Prior will discuss...