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FNYSBC Resolution on Double-crested Cormorants

Adopted by the Council of Delegates
at the Annual Meeting in Rochester, New York on September 26, 1998.

WHEREAS, the Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a colonial waterbird species native to North America including the Great Lakes Region, and Lake Ontario in New York State, and

WHEREAS, the Double-crested Cormorant has undergone a dramatic population increase in recent years, and

WHEREAS, the Double-crested Cormorant is a species currently protected by state and federal law as a colonial waterbird and is a natural component of the Lake Ontario ecosystem, and

WHEREAS, concerns have been expressed by members of the public regarding the potential impact of large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants on the sport fishery in Lake Ontario, and

WHEREAS, public agencies, private organizations and concerned individuals have opened channels of communication and worked together to attempt a reasoned scientific-based approach to potential Double-crested Cormorant management, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs, Inc. condemns the slaughter of nearly 1,000 Double-crested Cormorants on Little Galloo Island, Jefferson County, New York in July, 1998, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs, Inc., expects full prosecution of the perpetrators to the full extent of the laws protecting the Double-crested Cormorant, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs, Inc., opposes any management of Double-crested Cormorant population without valid scientific data to substantiate the action(s). Be it further

RESOLVED that all appropriate agencies and organizations are urged to pursue research, education and enforcement needs related to the Double-crested Cormorant issue.


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