The Danish cormorant management plan in force dates from 2009. Now a revised version for 2016–2020 has been published for consultation. The plan is expected to enter into force on 1 July.
In Denmark cormorants are seen more frequently chasing fish in the small rivers and lakes, where they do the most damage to fish stocks. The new plan seeks also to address this new development.
Together with other stakeholders and scientists EAA’s Danish member ‘Danmarks Sportsfiskerforbund’ was involved in the drafting of the plan. On its website, Danmarks Sportsfiskerforbund says: the plan offers a couple of new regulation options. It will now be possible to chase cormorants along streams, which have vulnerable and protected fish stocks, for a longer period. More regulation will also be possible at resting places close to rivers and lakes during the period from 1 August to 31 March (this is outside the breeding season).
- The draft plan can be downloaded here (in Danish - The final plan will contain an English summary).
- This video by photographer Johan Gadegaard (Sept 2015) shows a cormorant swarm foraging in a small Danish river.
- The environment and fisheries ministry’s announcement of 13 June can be find here.