Southern Cross University PhD student, Alejandro Tagliafico will talk about his research into corals. Alejandro's research looks at heterotrophic feeding of corals. (Heterotrophic refers to an organism obtaining its food and energy by taking in organic substances. Corals normally have zooxanthellae that provide the vast majority of their sustenance in the form of sugars.) His research has shown how two species of coral exposed to a lipid enriched diet resisted an experimental bleaching event...
Jade Fredericks is a SURG member and Masters student at the National Marine Science Centre. In June last year she was lucky enough to travel to Raja Ampat in West Papua Indonesia on a Colombo Plan Scholarship. She used the scholarship to take part in a volunteer Marine conservation project with The Great Projects , conducting primarily habit mapping (lots of dive experience) for Marine Protected Area inclusion, beach debris clean-...
The next SURG camping trip will be at Hat Head Holiday Park from the 24th to 26th March. The holiday park is beside a clear clean creek for snorkelling and canoeing, surrounded by National Parks with its many walking tracks and a short walk to the surf beach.
Our last camping trip to South West Rocks was a great way to spend time with other SURG members in a beautiful environment.
If you haven't booked you can still come along on the day. It's out of school holidays so there...
SURG will again be involved in Clean up Australia Day at Coffs Creek. Last year SURG had a very successful clean up on the lower/middle reaches of the creek so it will be interesting to compare that result with the amount of debris collected this year.
Steve Dalton has lodged this Clean Up Australia Day site on behalf of SURG members. Please follow the link http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Coffs+Creek...
Nicola Johnstone will be our guest speaker for this social meeting. Nicola will talk about the Marine Estates Threats and Risk Assessment.
This meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th February 2017, at the downstairs auditorium of the NMSC.
Normally the SURG Social meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month but to accommodate Nicola we have changed the date for this one-off event.
The Marine Estates Threats and Risk Assessment is a NSW Government initiative to...
On Sunday, February 12, Steve Dalton is planning to run a seagrass search for seahorses and pipefish and any other interesting critters at Boambee Creek. The aim is to get a better understanding of what creatures utilise seagrass as a indication of the importance this habitat is to estuarine fish communities. High tide is around 10.15am.
Those planning to take part should meet at the Boambee Creek Reserve at 9:15 am (exact location to be confirmed), were we can sort out groups and...
SURG club member Ian Shaw will be our speaker at this social meeting. Ian travelled from Thursday Island to Darwin to conduct Reef Life Surveys. While the diving presented many challenges Ian found remarkable attractions such as historic ruins and aboriginal art sites onshore which he will show during the presentation.
Ian will also show some photos from recent dives in the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
Ian takes fabulous photos so this presentation is not to be missed.
The SURG Christmas Party will be a little earlier this year on the 26th November. This early date will avoid the crush of other Christmas Parties and will give club members the chance to celebrate Christmas together. The party will be at the usual venue at Boambee Creek. Keep an eye out for the SURG banner. The shelter has been booked from 1pm which is a great opportunity to swim or kayak in the creek prior to the party. The evening's festivities usually start at about 5 to 6pm.
The business meetings focus on the running of the club but issues relating to the local habitat and marine environment are also discussed. All SURG members are welcome to participate in these meetings.
Bruce Gilchrist and Elaine Kwee will be speaking at our next social meeting on the STARR project, Scientific Trial Active Reef Rehabilitation which takes place every year at a rural village on the north coast of Bali. STARR is working with Sea Communities, a grass root organisation and the local fishing village to rehabilitate the coral which was previously devastated by cyanide fishing.
Elaine is responsible for organising this exciting project and Bruce was a volunteer who...