Date: 1/12/21 8:53 am
From: David Gibson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: NC Seabirds
Very interesting, Guy. Had never thought that the birds weren't pretty or
were unpopular. That's news to me. Take care,
Dave Gibson;!!OToaGQ!91Gq3C-AHmQHP1Pbeo5tqK0hXKhok5YNZcwz3sl3EodScrzJaw2QY5d6sOQpmwJ6zmE$

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 10:13 AM <badgerboy...> wrote:

> Thanks Dave for calling attention to this seabird fish consumption study,
> apparently instigated by the fishing industry. Please remember, the net
> effect of any wildlife on the ecosystem is much more than just their
> consumption. This is NOT a dig at the study or those who carried it out.
> Cormorants aint pretty, and they aint terribly popular among birders or
> wildlife management agencies, not to mention with the general public and
> fisheries people.
> However, their role in the recycling of marine nutrients to coastal
> ecosystems is major, they are one of the birds that roost above coastal
> wetlands and return massive amounts of organic material to fishery nursing
> areas, making them a real keystone species for productive coastal
> ecosystems and productive fisheries in the long term. This benefits all our
> birds and other wildlife. Birds such as Gannets and Gulls provide much less
> of this as they tend to roost at sea. In contrast, practically zero of the
> marine nutrients taken by industry trawlers are returned to fish nursery
> areas.
> Through fish predation, Cormorants' active selection of fitness in fish
> populations off, and near the coast is also a major feedback to ecosystem
> productivity. This is different from people's fishing activity which
> doesn't discriminate what kind of fish get in the net.
> There's a real temptation to scapegoat common birds like cormorants for
> the declining wildlife stocks, which are caused by people and their
> fossil-fueled harvesting, that gives nothing back to the system. I ask
> birders to resist that.
> Guy McGrane, Boone, NC
> On 1/12/2021 7:49 AM, David Gibson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> I thought some of you might be interested in this short Center for
> Conservation Biology piece
> <;!!OToaGQ!7yb4lZP7WmExO6UlQv9zlgvUO3KaNUBH-rtGJwRK6FwaLihywtqfPVfaexvOEBlZaSU$>
> about seabirds (cormorants, pelicans, etc.) along the NC coast. The aerial
> photos are fascinating.
> Dave Gibson
> <;!!OToaGQ!7yb4lZP7WmExO6UlQv9zlgvUO3KaNUBH-rtGJwRK6FwaLihywtqfPVfaexvOYQXLGEQ$>

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