Bill Proposed to Allow Control of Cormorant Population
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee met in Alpena Monday to discuss the ongoing debate over cormorants.
Cormorants are predatory birds that live across the United States and prominently on the Great Lakes.
Since its recovery in the 1970s, the species’ population has expanded substantially.
Some say that places the bird in direct conflict with aquaculture, sustenance, sport fishing, and even endangered species.
Permits were initially issued to control the population of cormorants, but in 2016, a federal judge halted that practice.
Representative Jack Bergman, who is on the committee, has introduced a bill aimed at restoring efforts to control cormorants.
Critics say there isn’t enough evidence to prove the birds have a significant impact on fish populations.
But according to Bergman, the birds can have an adverse effect.
Another bill, proposed by Senator Barrasso of Wyoming, would also allow the killing of cormorants to protect agriculture and public resources.
Both bills are still being discussed in committees.