Fish and Wildlife Service asking for public input on cormorant management

As part of ongoing efforts to address conflicts between double-crested cormorants and wild and stocked fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public input on future management options.

“Balancing the protection of native wildlife with economic and human health needs is fundamental to effective management practices,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said. “Today’s action starts the process of improving management and further reduces conflicts with double-crested cormorants throughout the United States.”

Future management actions built on a strong biological foundation ensure cormorant populations are managed responsibly and in compliance with federal laws and regulations, while balancing economic development, human health and safety, endangered species management and other priorities.

“We are building long-term solutions for managing conflicts with double-crested cormorants under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act while maintaining healthy populations of this species,” said Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the USFWS. “This effort, in collaboration with our partners, will ensure continued good stewardship of our natural resources.”

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