Welcome to the Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan
Wilson Inlet is a major estuary on the south coast of Western Australia.
Located near the town of Denmark, it is not only a natural and cultural icon for the region, but of economic importance for industries such as fishing, shellfish
Unfortunately the inlet is receiving too may nutrients. This is a common problem of estuaries with urban or agricultural catchments and can have extremely serious consequences. Already Wilson Inlet has seen a build up of algae and seagrass, as well as once sandy beaches becoming covered in a black ooze.
Unless this nutrient input is reduced it will have increasingly serious impacts on the inlet's ecosystem and the way it can be used by people.
photo by Simon Neville
Whats the plan all about
The Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan (WINRAP) is the guiding plan to overcome the problems faced by the inlet. It is the culmination of research and community involvement into how the inlet and catchment functions and where we can make positive improvements.
The plan makes clear the actions that should be taken to reduce the loss of nutrients from the catchment to the inlet (view the actions). The WINRAP is a 5-year plan, released in April 2003, that has been
signed off by a variety of organizations, from community to government
Who is involved
The plan relies on the cooperation of all of us who live or work in the catchment, from farmer to builder to government employers.
The project partners can provide a range of services and funding to help primary producers, industry and individuals to stop the transport of nutrients and sediment to the inlet. This assistance is outlined on the resources page.
The following groups have pledged their cooperation in implementing the Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan:
Department of Agriculture and Food WA
Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee
Department of Water (formally Dept. of Environment)
Shire of Denmark
City of Albany
Wilson Inlet Management Advisory Group
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