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Fishing and Recreation

Westport will support long-term recreation in Cockburn Sound and work with community to ensure this development meets economic, environmental, and community objectives.

Cockburn Sound is an important ecosystem and place of recreation for Western Australians.

The Sound is used for a wide range of activities, including fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, diving, windsurfing and kite boarding, as well as running, walking and spending time with family and friends.

Westport is planning to support and improve the long-term health of Cockburn Sound for people to enjoy for generations to come.

We acknowledge that developing new port facilities will impact some recreational activities in Cockburn Sound and we are engaging with all directly impacted communities through the planning process.

A $13.5 million marine research program is underway, involving around 150 scientists and researchers working across 33 projects, managed by the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI).

One of the projects is exploring how the community values Cockburn Sound.

This research, along with community and stakeholder engagement, is allowing Westport to understand what is important to the community and identify opportunities to create long term social benefits.

Westport is a long-term project, and we are still in the early stages. There will be many opportunities for engagement over the coming years.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for below, or have any questions, please get in touch:

Recreational access to Cockburn Sound
Supporting fish stocks
Sailing in and around Cockburn Sound
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Westport Seagrass Planning and Management Fact Sheet

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  • Westport Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Process Fact Sheet

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