This is the combined list of recommended strategies from all three
working groups: Fisheries, Biota/Natural Communities and Human Dimensions.
It was prioritized by all workshop participants on the last morning. The
list is in priority order.
Define criteria to identify acceptable impacts of cormorants on fish
stocks of concern (both biological and social components).
Manage cormorant populations on a flyway basis: 1) establish
Cormorant Flyway Technical Committee and 2) establish regional
population objectives for cormorants.
Conduct studies that will provide additional demographic information
to support population modeling. (Information lacking on reproductive
success on northern breeding areas and survival in southern wintering
Northeast Fish and Wildlife Administrators should appoint a team to
develop a communications plan.
Regional cormorant management recommendations should include a strong
Develop plans to protect known colonies of colonial nesting birds
from cormorant invasion. Have involved agencies identify and describe
their policies and functions concerning cormorants.
Develop, with stakeholders and target audiences, a set of protocols
and information needs before taking management actions.
Inventory islands and assess habitat suitability in Northeast (to
reflect on potential for expansion of nesting colonies).
Implementation of control should only be exercised where there is a
known unacceptable impact based on scientific data and monitored to
Develop and distribute guidelines for modification of fish stocking
practices to mitigate cormorant predation effects. Include the
communication/education and research needs identified by the Fisheries
Group (during the elements of discussion session).
Initiate and coordinate surveys of cormorant populations and
monitoring of productivity throughout the Northeast; develop standard
methods for such surveys.
Priority - modification of stocking practices for fish species preyed
upon by cormorants.
Summarize what we know and communicate it (i.e.- Northeast fact
Communication message should be developed by interagency group.
USFWS and Sea Grant will provide resources as budgets permit.
Incorporate important research and outreach results in communications