The Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) is looking forward to exploring the inner workings of local estuaries after securing research funding.
Running for three years, the NSW Environmental Trust Community Education funding will allow SURG to conduct baseline surveys identifying critical habitats of threatened and protected species within four northern NSW estuaries from Red Rock to Bonville.
Estuaries are breeding grounds for many of our common fish and crustacean species and these estuaries also contain important habitat for endangered marine species.
SURG research will help assess the current condition of these estuarine habitats.
It will pinpoint where the critical habitats such as mangroves, seagrass meadows, deep holes and complex structures are found and whether they support threatened and protected marine species.
SURG volunteer members will map these areas using GPS, recording features such as deep holes and complex structures.
In collaboration with local Land Care, Wetlandcare, Coffs Harbour City Council, Friends of Coffs Creek and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, other works including remediation of native vegetation and the production of interpretive educational materials will be carried out.
SURG, which has been active in marine research in the Solitary Islands for over 25 years, will be holding an information night tonight at 7pm for anyone interested in learning more about the project.
The meeting will be in the lower level auditorium of the National Marine Science Centre building (the aquarium entrance), Bay Drive Coffs Harbour and all are welcome.
For further inquiries call 0429 229 164.