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Cormorants in Europe

In most European regions, increasing populations of the Great Cormorant, in particular of the continental form or subspecies Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis, are putting pressure on fisheries and angling activities thus creating various types of social or socio-economical conflicts. Echoing concerns from the various sectors affected, the European Parliament adopted on 4 December 2008 a Resolution calling for action to minimise the increasing impact of Cormorants on fish stocks, fishing and aquaculture.

On that basis, the Commission has engaged in two lines of complementary actions:

  1. To develop a non-binding Guidance Document
    • exploring the possibilities provided by Article 9 of the Birds Directive to deal with the issue and
    • collecting relevant experience regarding its application
    • The Guidance Document was endorsed by the ORNIS Committee on 5/10/2012.

      The Great Cormorant- Applying derogations - Guidance

  2. To launch a contract aiming to
    • establish a dynamic website working as a virtual informative platform to be financed by the Commission for exchange and dissemination of technical information as well to exchange experiences and good practice strategies with regard to Great Cormorant management; and to
    • support a methodology and mechanism for collecting statistics regarding the populations and the biology of the Great Cormorants across the EU and their impact on fisheries by enhancing further data collection. This data collection would ensure that suitable scientific information is made available.

The activities related to this contract (CorMan Project), are ongoing and due to be finalised by January 2014.