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Underwater Volunteer Groups
The main objectives of the Byron Underwater Research Group are to involve the wider community in marine research projects which focus on conservation and foster greater awareness of the marine environment. This is done through practical & educational marine projects.
BURG is intended as a bridge between the wider community and specialists in the marine field, providing a vehicle for Community involvement in marine-based projects in the Byron region.
CHUG’s objectives are: “To work in partnership to raise awareness, increase understanding, and involvement, in the underwater environment to deliver positive outcomes for the Manning and Hawkesbury marine bioregions”.
Eco Divers is a volunteer marine conservation group located on Sydney's Northern Beaches Mission: To protect, preserve and promote the marine environment and its inhabitants. Eco Divers undertakes a variety of activities including: cleanups/animal rescue/research/public education/surveys/displays/underwater photography and video.
Great Lakes Underwater Group is a volunteer underwater research group comprised of SCUBA divers from the Great Lakes Area on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. Our projects to date have included the development of a local fish inventory; documenting local endangered fish, such as the grey nurse shark, black cod and turtles, working with other research organisations, such as Spot a Shark and Reef Life Survey. Our current project is focused on monitoring and removing marine debris from local reef systems in the Great Lakes Area.
SCURG – Passion, Science & Conservation The Sapphire Coast Underwater Research Group is an underwater research group located on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. It endeavours to survey and monitor the many unique underwater habitats located in the region. The group consists of members from a range of backgrounds and with varying levels of diver expertise. SCURG provides a wonderful opportunity for members of the community and those who frequently visit the region, to participate in dives that are not only enjoyable but also help collect essential data and information.
The Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group Inc. (SURG), is a group of dedicated volunteers conducting research in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Formed in 1985, SURG membership is comprised of underwater naturalists, photographers and scuba divers, and our research provides habitat information and other data which may be used for the ongoing management of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
TERRIGAL UNDERWATER GROUP INC. ( TUG ) is a social, non-profit club, whose members have a common interest in SCUBA diving. TUG is entirely independent of any other organisation but supports like-minded groups to foster goodwill in and knowledge of the sport. Dives are organised and conducted most weekends using the Club boat TUG 2, which is moored at Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. The membership represents a wide range of underwater interests and dives are often geared to cater to these activities.
The URG dive club was established in 1955 and boasts a significant history, particularly in the area of underwater research. Many of the URG club members are experienced scuba divers however, anyone with an Open Water Scuba Diving Certification and their own scuba equipment is welcome to join. Our members are interested in a range of underwater activities, including marine biology, underwater photography, wrecks and conservation.
Research and University
The National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) is part of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. It is located in Coffs Harbour on the east coast of Australia and adjacent to the Solitary Islands Marine Park, where both tropical and temperate currents meet.
Underwater Volunteers Programs in Australia
CoralWatch is a non-profit organisation built on a research project at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. We have developed an inexpensive, simple, non-invasive method for the monitoring of coral bleaching and assessment of coral health.
By directly supporting field research and educating and engaging thousands of people, the Institute provides the opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to connect with research expeditions in stunning and protected areas worldwide.
Reef Check Australia is a not-for-profit environmental organisation that engages the Australian community in coral reef conservation at a unique level. It is part of a global network of volunteers who regularly monitor and report on reef health, bringing Citizen Science to environmental issues.
RLS thus represents dynamic cooperation between scientists, marine managers and recreational SCUBA divers, such that the skills and resources available for collecting, analysing, interpreting and effectively using broad-scale, sub-tidal biodiversity information are maximised.
Reef Watch is a project that encourages divers and snorkellers to monitor marine life at their favourite dive sites. The project has been developed by the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Marine and Coastal Community Network. It is a non-profit project funded by the Federal and State Governments through Coast Action/Coastcare.
Underwater Volunteer Programs Overseas
DiVo is an Australian-based non-profit organisation whose aim is to bring recreational divers to the world of volunteer diving in marine conservation and research causes.
REEF was founded in 1990, out of growing concern about the health of the marine environment, and the desire to provide the SCUBA diving community a way to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine populations. REEF achieves this goal primarily through its volunteer fish monitoring program, the REEF Fish Survey Project.
Seasearch is a project for volunteer sports divers who have an interest in what they're seeing underwater, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. The main aim is to map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the whole of Britain and Ireland. In addition, we are recording what lives in each area, establishing the richest sites for marine life, the sites where there are problems and the sites which need protection.
General Marine Resources
Navigate around this website to discover 'all things fishy!' A good resource for identifying fish species.
This website is devoted to the biodiversity of marine species found in Port Stephens and surrounding waters, with photos of fish and invertebrate life that can be seen in the area.
A website featuring a plethora of information on marine life residing on the far north coast of NSW and SE Queensland. Thousands of images are viewable from well known underwater photographer Ian Banks.
A website devoted to the marine life associated with the Byron Bay region in NSW. There are web pages on fish identification, creature features, animal behaviours and research and conservation.
MESA is a national organisation that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments.
The Sea Slug Forum is a site where you can ask questions and post information on sea slugs including nudibranchs, bubble-shells, sea hares and side-gilled slugs.
'Take 3' is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2009 that aims to raise awareness of marine debris by encouraging each visitor to the beach, waterway or...anywhere to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave.
AMCS is an independent charity. It is a committed group of professional and passionate scientists, educators and advocates who have defended Australia's oceans for over forty years.
A gallery of images from award-winning photographer Dave Harasti. Great site for identifying marine life, particularly from the lower mid-north coast of NSW.
Sydney has better marine life than any other city on the planet. From Seadragons to Sharks, Pufferfish to Penguins, Sydney has it all - it's our best-kept secret. But discovering it all in person can be a little challenging, and certainly not everyone's cup of tea.
Using specially developed Fisheye Video and Underwater GPS Photography we have found a way to reveal Underwater Sydney - to show you actual creatures in real locations and to give you a unique window into their world.