SURG News

Posted 4 years 6 months ago

The Environmental Trust has given the green light for the second stage of the SURG estuarine project, Community action blueprint to enhance estuarine habitat resilience . This has followed the Trust's review of the first stage, which they found to have made good progress against the project's...

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

This year marks 25 years since the area surrounding the Solitary Islands was first gazetted as a Marine Reserve, to later become known as the Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP). To mark the occasion, celebrations were held with many guest speakers drawn from user groups, stakeholders, and the...

Posted 4 years 10 months ago

With all the talk of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and, closer to home, in the Solitary Islands, it is good to know that some corals are healthy and seem to be thriving among their bleached relatives.

Acropora sp . corals, among some others, appear to have been able to...

Posted 4 years 11 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 3 months 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...

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