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Underwater research groups provide a unique opportunity to create a bridge between the scientific and diving communities, and promote marine education and community awareness and involvement in marine conservation projects in their local area.
Until 2012, the Hunter region lacked a community-based underwater research and monitoring group. Elsewhere along the NSW coastline, from BURG (Byron Underwater Research Group) in the north, to SCURG (Sapphire Coast Underwater Research Group) in the south, divers with a passion for the marine environment had established local groups.
The Combined Hunter Underwater Group (CHUG) Inc fills the gap between the Great Lakes’ GLUG (Great Lakes Underwater Group) and Central Coast’s TUG (Terrigal Underwater Group).
CHUG will bring together divers from across the region to seek funding opportunities for monitoring and research.
CHUG also works in partnership with local established coastal environmental groups, local and State government agencies, to complement and enhance their activities.