Cockburn Sound Management Council
The Cockburn Sound Management Council is an advisory council to the Minister for Environment—established under s 25 the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The Council was set up in 2000 as a Committee of the Water and Rivers Commission's Board.
The Council provides advice to the Minister for Environment on the environmental management of Cockburn Sound, in particular the protection and maintenance of water quality and associated environmental values of the Cockburn Sound marine area.
The Council facilitates and coordinates stakeholder and community input into the environmental management of Cockburn Sound. The Council's members include representatives from the community, conservation and recreation groups, industry and Local, State and Federal Government agencies.
The Council oversees and coordinates research and investigative studies in Cockburn Sound. Recent research projects supported by the Council include:
The Council reports annually to the Minister for Environment on the results of environmental monitoring of Cockburn Sound and the extent to which the results meet the environmental quality objectives and criteria set in the State Environmental (Cockburn Sound) Policy 2015.
Every three years the Council reports on the overall state of the Cockburn Sound marine area, including trends in water quality and associated environmental values. The first triennial report to the Minister for Environment will be published in 2017/2018.
State of Cockburn Sound Reports from previous years are available here.
Cockburn Sound is one of the most intensively used marine areas of Western Australia and is subject to its own State Environmental (Cockburn Sound) Policy 2015 to ensure that the values and uses of Cockburn Sound are protected.
The Policy establishes the environmental quality management framework for Cockburn Sound, as well as the requirements for monitoring and reporting against the management framework.
The Environmental Quality Criteria for chlorophyll a, light attenuation coefficient, phytoplankton biomass and Posidonia sinuosa shoot density are recalculated and updated each year using the monitoring results collected during the current year.
The updated Environmental Quality Criteria for 2015–2016 are available.
Technical reports, including information on water quality and seagrass health in Cockburn Sound are available publicly here.