special project

Sea Slug Census

The Sea Slug Census has become a twice yearly event. In Spring-Summer and in Autumn, we ask people to help survey our shores.


Coming events: December 2018 & April 2019

(more information coming soon)

Past events:

April 2018 , April 2017

Here are some of the sightings from the Autumn Census of 2018


The Sea Slug Census commenced in 2013, led by Professor Steve Smith, a marine ecologist based at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW. Professor Smith recognised the valuable contribution that Citizen Science can play in such a study, and coordinates data collected by volunteer groups up and down the east coast of Australia. The Atlas of Life is one such contributor. Our records are of particular interest due to our southern location and the special ocean conditions in this region - most notably, the variations in the extent and timing of the EAC (East Australian Current). Matt Nimbs who works with Steve Smith says there are few records in our area so we are helping to fill in the gaps ... as well as having fun exploring our coastline.

Read more about Professor Smith's research on his SCU homepage.

For a detailed description of the sea slugs of NSW, download this recent research paper by Stephen Smith and Matt Nimbs of Southern Cross University.