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.
Under its terms of reference the Council is responsible for the oversight and coordination of environmental and research/investigative studies in Cockburn Sound. The Council has collated information on the monitoring and research being undertaken in the Cockburn Sound marine area.
The Council oversees and coordinates research and investigative studies in Cockburn Sound. Recent research projects supported by the Council include:
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.