SURG News

Posted 4 years 7 months ago

SURG members are currently undertaking emergency surveys to assess the worst coral bleaching ever seen off the Coffs Coast. Water temperatures as high as 27.5 degrees were registered at South Solitary Marine Park in March, causing widespread bleaching on corals growing as deep as 20m....

Posted 4 years 8 months ago

SURG members and local dive operators have witnessed severe bleaching in the Solitary Islands, in particular the Pocillopora variety of coral.

The bleaching follows prolonged high seawater temperatures along the NSW coastline. These unprecedented levels even exceed the mass...

Posted 4 years 8 months ago

The statistics are in and they show a huge amount of garbage was collected on Clean-up Australia Day. In all over 2700 items weighing 179kg were collected from the transects, and an estimated further 80kg picked up from adjacent random sites.

This effort by SURG members prevented the...

Posted 4 years 8 months ago

The social meeting held on March 2nd featured a senior local member of ORRCA, Darren Ramsey, who gave a lively and thought provoking presentation on ORRCA and the work the organisation carries out helping marine mammals in distress. ORRCA, which stands for Organisation for the Rescue and...

Posted 4 years 8 months ago

This year SURG not only participated in the Clean Up Australia Day activities but also used the garbage collected to investigate the types of rubbish that have landed up in Coffs Creek.

This study followed the research of Toby Ekman, a Southern Cross university student, who conducted a...

Posted 4 years 8 months ago

The Solitary Islands underwater interpretive trail was first installed in early 2003 and apart from a regular cleanup and the replacement of some broken plaques and direction markers in 2014, it has remained...

Posted 5 years 1 day ago

SURG members, Steve Smith, Bob Edgar, Matt Nimbs and Ian Shaw, recently took part in the inaugural Sydney Sea Slug Census, centred on Bare Island, at La Perouse, southern Sydney.

Following in the footsteps of the Port Stephens Sea Slug Census organised by CHUG (the Combined Hunter...

Posted 5 years 2 weeks ago

During the SURG estuary research project, SURG members have found number of abandoned traps in the local creeks. Some of these located had fish trapped inside. Some fish were released but one dead fish clearly died from starvation. Under the NSW Fisheries regulation it is illegal for...

Posted 5 years 2 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...

Posted 5 years 5 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...

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