Cockburn Sound Management Council Office: Shop 1/15 Railway Terrace Rockingham Beach WA 6168 Postal: PO Box 5161 Rockingham Beach WA 6969 Telephone: +61-8-9591 3837 Mobile: 0427 886 237 Facsimile: +61-8-9528 5387 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cockburn Sound Management Council
Cockburn Sound Management Council area of responsibility
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.
The CSMC has a responsibility to:
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.
The map above shows the CSMC area of responsibility.
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.