WAMSI-Westport Marine Science Program
Westport has established a three-year partnership with the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) as an independent science provider, to deliver a comprehensive research program that fills important knowledge gaps about Cockburn Sound’s ecosystem.
The WAMSI Westport Marine Science Program is one of the largest research projects ever undertaken in Cockburn Sound. Recognising the importance of Cockburn Sound, Westport is investing $13.5 million in environmental research and modelling to:
- Establish environmental baselines and improve understanding of key ecological processes,
- Help shape the concept designs and operational planning for the new port,
- Inform mitigation strategies, and
- Complete on-ground ecosystem and restoration trials to inform a long-term restoration plan.
With more than 100 scientists and researchers working across 30 projects, we will gain a better understanding of the area, which will be a key input into design, and leave a legacy of a better managed Cockburn Sound for all.
The results and outcomes of this research will inform Westport’s Environmental Impact Assessment and environmental approvals processes.
Westport are also working closely with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation on the management of Cockburn Sound.
Published WAMSI Reports
Research teams have started delivering reports for their work on the WAMSI Westport Marine Science Program. Reports will be published on the WAMSI website. Please follow the links below to view published reports.
Theme 2: Benthic habitats and communities
Theme 3: Water and sediment quality
Theme 8: Apex predators and iconic species
- Broad-scale distribution and habitat modelling of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Owen Anchorage and Cockburn Sound using boat-based survey data from 2011-2015
- Options to mitigate potential starvation of penguins during the Westport dredging campaign - review and recommendation