Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced the Senate companion to the Cormorant Relief Act, legislation originally introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Collin Peterson (MN-07). The legislation would temporarily reinstate depredation orders to allow for recreational fisheries and aquaculture facilities alike to effectively manage cormorant populations.
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As one of the first non government organizations to be granted approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to begin the Cormorant Harassment program on Brevort Lake. The SASC works closely with USFWS and the Michigan DNR the SASC has been working to control the number of Cormorants that attempt to inhabit Brevort Lake and the surrounding area.
Each spring after ice out SASC Members begin to harass Cormorants in an effort to chase them off of the lake where they have had a devastating effect on the fish population of Brevort Lake.
May 26, 2016 a Federal Judge ruled the “Depredation” Orders for Double-Crested Cormorants Rescinded Immediately. Since then Club Members still harass only the cormorants they observe on Brevort Lake.
The Straits Area Sportsmen's Club is currently lobbing federal agencies and Congressmen to change this ruling.
The Eastern U.P. is a major nesting are for the Double Breasted Cormorants with its many island and lakes.
Straits Area Sportsmen's Club
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