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Cockburn Sound Management

C/- Department of Environment Regulation
Level 4, 168 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Postal: Locked bag 33
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Telephone: +61-8-6467 5454
Email: csmc@der.wa.gov.au

The Cockburn Sound Management Council (CSMC) was established in August 2000 and works to implement sections 9, 10 and 11 of the State Environmental (Cockburn Sound) Policy 2005.

Council responsibility

  • Coordinate annual monitoring to gauge seagrass health and water and sediment quality;
  • Provide advice to developers who may impact specified ecological or social values;
  • Report on the health of Cockburn Sound annually to the Minister for Environment, Parliament and the Western Australian community;
  • Assist in the development of appropriate management responses when environmental quality criteria is exceeded (not met);
  • Develop and implement an environmental management plan;
  • Assess and report on the implementation of the environmental management plan and report achievements to the Minister for Environment; and
  • Enhance community awareness of the ecological and social values of Cockburn Sound.

Outline of the Cockburn Sound Management Council area.

Cockburn Sound management

Cockburn Sound is managed for a mix of industrial, defence, commercial and recreational purposes, all of which have the potential to impact on the marine environment. The CSMC acts to remind users to:

  • Protect remaining seagrass meadows;
  • Maintain a level of water quality that will enable seagrass to re-establish; and
  • Minimise the occurrence and extent of phytoplankton blooms.

By monitoring the environmental quality of seagrass and water quality, the CSMC helps keep Cockburn Sound safe for swimming and boating and for seafood extraction and aquaculture. The monitoring of these values also helps to safeguard the health of Cockburn Sound dependent wildlife including the little penguin, bottlenose dolphins and fish such as the much sought after pink snapper.

The response to the late 2015 fish kill in Cockburn Sound is being led by the Department of Fisheries. For further information refer to www.fish.wa.gov.au.

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