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Hazing of birds in Nestucca estuary to protect migrating juvenile salmon and steelhead begins April 25
 
April 25, 2011

 

Newport, Ore.— Hazing of double-crested cormorants that eat juvenile salmon and steelhead on their migration from freshwater rivers to the sea will begin on April 25 in the Nestucca estuary.  Hazing operations are currently underway in Tillamook and Nehalem bays.

Operations will be conducted by a local permitee. Hazing of cormorants consists of disturbing the birds, scaring them without harming them, with swift-moving watercraft. A boat or jet ski will be used to push cormorants to the lower estuary where the birds can feed on a greater diversity of prey items.

The double-crested cormorant is a waterbird found near inland waterways as well as on the coast. They fish by swimming and diving and nest in trees, cliffs and on the ground on predator-free islands.

   

Contact:

Michelle Schuiteman, ODFW Avian Predation coordinator, (503) 842-2741

 
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