Video: Double-crested cormorants forage on East Sand Island
Video by Michelle Helms
Over the past 15 years, double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island consumed approximately 11 million juvenile salmon and steelhead per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement and management plan to reduce predation of ESA-listed juvenile salmon and steelhead by double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River Estuary. The Corps is working with cooperating agencies--the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife-- to develop the draft EIS.