Sound seagrass decline concern despite water quality lift
An ongoing assessment of the Cockburn Sound has shown a continuing decline in seagrass despite improvements in water quality.
A Department of Water and Environmental Regulation spokesman told the Telegraph the Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses Assessment had raised several issues.
Decreasing nutrient concentrations, especially in the southern ar- ea of the sound, were a concern, as well as the December, 2015 fish kill event.
“A key part of the assessment has been extensive stakeholder consultation and the feedback from this consultation will be con- sidered as part of the assessment,” the spokesman said.
“It is anticipated that the independent peer review will commence shortly and be completed by early September.
“Three peer reviewers with appropriate technical expertise will be engaged to undertake the review of the draft assessment.”
Recent testing also revealed toxic firefighting chemicals found in the Cockburn Sound were at safe levels for recreational users.