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Cockburn Sound Management

C/- Level 4, 168 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Postal: Locked bag 33
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Telephone: +61-8-6467 5454
Mobile: 0427 984 195
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.




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