SURG News

Posted: 3 years 8 months ago

Members of SURG extend their thanks to Toormina students for donating $400 to the club.

The Year 8 science students at Toormina High conducted a major study on water quality and management in the environment. As part of their presentation to parents the Student Representative Council held a fundraising sausage sizzle which raised $400. The students decided that this would be a great opportunity to give back locally to an environmental group and chose SURG as an excellent candidate for the funding.

Naturally SURG were delighted to accept the funding and will decide at the... Read more

Posted: 3 years 11 months ago

SURG has been successful in its funding application to Recreational Fishing Trusts June 2015. This 3 year funding from the NSW Goverment Department of Primary Industries will support SURG's assessments of recreational fish biodiversity. These assessments will direct on-grounds remediation work to reduce threats to key estuarine habitats in northern NSW.

The Group will use in-water estuarine video and observational surveys to determine the presence of key recreational fish species and identify critical habitat that they rely upon. Seagrass and complex habitats will be mapped and... Read more

Posted: 4 years 1 week ago

In early 2012 Coffs Harbour's Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc. received $34,164 from the NSW Government through the NSW Environmental Trust to conduct research into the health of coral communities in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. SURG is comprised of citizen scientists from the Coffs Harbour area and the Clarence Valley.

With summer 2015 round of surveys recently concluded the project is now complete, reefs adjacent to seven islands having been surveyed. A total of 25 sites were investigated, with 59 community members participating in coral health surveys... Read more

Posted: 4 years 4 months ago

SURG has been successful in its application for the Environmental Trust Community Education grant. This grant is a community action blueprint to enhance estuarine habitat resilience. SURG members will undertake in-water estuarine surveys to determine the presence of threatened and protected marine species and identify the critical habitat they rely upon.

The project will involve the following:

Seagrass cover, areas with complex habitats and deep holes will be geo-referenced along four estuaries. Mini-baited underwater video will identify species that... Read more
Posted: 4 years 5 months ago

SURG members turned out in force to conduct underwater marine debris surveys at Red Rock Saturday last, 22nd November.

Using protocols designed by the National Marine Science Centre and promoted by Underwater Volunteers NSW, 10 members surveyed a portion of the estuary adjacent to the shop and up towards the boat ramp. Members first ran out 25 metre tapes, end on end, in approximately 3 to 4 metres of water parallel to the bank. Then using slates and underwater paper, each piece of debris within 2.5m either side of the tape was recorded and after the surveys were completed, the... Read more

Posted: 4 years 7 months ago

Sea Slugs are sometimes so colourful you can't help but see them, but when you are looking for them, that can be a different matter! Nelson Bay in Port Stephens, just north of Newcastle, has long been known as a sea slug, or nudibranch, hot spot: so much so that there are now organised Sea Slug censuses to get a handle on the diversity of species, their numbers and seasonal occurrences.

The census is the brainchild of Dr Steve Smith from Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour who in a joint partnership with Underwater Volunteers NSW (... Read more

Posted: 4 years 9 months ago

The water temperature has dropped to 18 degrees Centigrade which opens the way for SURG members to begin the next round of winter surveys for the project, Health and coral communities in the Solitary Islands Marine Park . This will be the third and last of the winter surveys with only one summer round remaining to complete the research project. Read more

Posted: 5 years 1 month ago

SURG and family members turned up for the inaugural Rock Ramble at Woolgoolga Headland on the 13 th April. The weather was fine and sunny, and even with a large amount of kelp in some of the more accessible pools, there was plenty of territory to explore. In one rock pool alone we found nudibranches, sea hares, hermit crabs, lots of urchins and molluscs and to our surprise a small wobbegong.... Read more

Posted: 5 years 2 months ago

SURG members helping to unravel the controlling factors that drive the distribution of corals in the Solitary Islands.

Recently members from SURG (Ian Shaw and Bob Edgar) have been involved in a research program led by Dr Steve Dalton (SURG member), Dr Sander Scheffers and Assoc. Prof. Steve Smith (SURG member) that aims to historically date slow growing subtropical corals that are found off the northern NSW coast. Ian and Bob’s extensive knowledge of the reefs adjacent to Coffs Harbour was needed to locate large slow growing massive corals and they assisted in the coring the... Read more

Posted: 5 years 2 months ago

In early 2012 Coffs Harbour's Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc. received $34,164 from the NSW Government through the NSW Environmental Trust to conduct research into the health of coral communities in the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

The project has reached the halfway point and to date reefs adjacent to 7 islands have been surveyed several times, with the Summer 2014 round of surveys underway. A total of 28 sites at these locations have been... Read more

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