Cockburn Sound Environment “Well Managed”: Report

Water quality in Cockburn Sound has improved as a result of efforts to reduce pollution in Perth’s coastal waters, according to an environmental report.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the Cockburn Sound was generally well managed, following the release of the 2017 Cockburn Sound Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses Assessment Final Report.

“The State Government welcomes these reports on Cockburn Sound’s positive state of health,” Mr Dawson said.

“It shows that Cockburn Sound is being managed well and protected by State Government legislation and initiatives implemented by industry and other stakeholders operating in and around Cockburn Sound.”

The report had considered risks to the Sound including contaminants, foreign marine species, boats, commercial and recreational fishing, climate change and mainland coast development.

Robust regulatory and policy helped improved the environment, along with initiatives by local government and industry, including reduction of nutrient and contaminants.

It said improvements to stormwater drainage, dune rehabilitation, planning and monitoring along with management of coastal erosion also contributed.

“It is great to see users of Cockburn Sound working collaboratively to plan, monitor and manage the health of the area,” Mr Dawson said.

“These reports are timely and will give vital information to help inform decisions about future uses of Cockburn Sound.”

The Cockburn Sound Management Council will consider the report’s recommendations and provide advice to the minister.

Cockburn Sound Management Council Chairperson Emeritus Professor Kateryna Longley said the report had provided a better understanding about the area.

“Identified gaps in monitoring and knowledge of the Sound will be addressed to protect environmental values into the future,” Professor Longley said.

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