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The EU Cormorant Platform *

This EU Cormorant Platform is a website through which DG Environment will disseminate information about cormorants, cormorant numbers, management and conflicts related to cormorants, fish, fisheries and aquaculture.

The Platform is developed as part of the work of the EU ‘CorMan’ project (‘Sustainable Management of Cormorant Populations’). The website is evolving and will be revised in the autumn of 2013 and in the winter of 2013/14. If you have any comments about the Platform, you can contact the project leaders by sending an e-mail to 'corman(at)'.

Material that will gradually be added to the Platform includes:

  • Experiences with cormorant management, as well as with good practice on solutions to reduce the impact of cormorants on fisheries, fish fauna and aquaculture.
  • Knowledge about how cormorant numbers have developed in different parts and countries of Europe.
  • Links to published material on various relevant issues.

The development of this EU Cormorant Platform is one of three recent steps taken by the European Commission in relation to cormorants. The two other major activities involve:

  • The organisation of a count of cormorant breeding colonies in Europe in 2012 and of wintering cormorants in January 2013. The organisation of these counts takes place in collaboration with IUCN/Wetlands International Cormorant Research Group.
  • The production of a non-binding guidance document that will clarify the key concepts of Article 9 of the Birds Directive in relation to the implementation of the derogation system. Currently, for example, authorities may be uncertain when judging the acceptability of taking actions aimed at reducing cormorant numbers locally or regionally. This guide is now available for authorities as well as other interested parties and can be used as a practical aid on licencing issues regarding cormorants under the Birds Directive.

The background for these initiatives and the present activities are described here.

Whilst the background and activities of the EU 'CorMan' project are clearly defined (see link to background above), there might be some ambiguity in the project's title 'Sustainable Management of Cormorant Populations' which could mean different things to different people. This issue is discussed in some detail here.

Conflicts of similar types to those we experience in Europe exist in other parts of the world. This is illustrated by descriptions of the situation in North America (in preparation) and Japan.

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* The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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