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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BE67 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Double-Crested Cormorant Management in the United States 

The double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a fish-eating migratory bird that is distributed across a large portion of North America. Populations have increased in recent decades causing issues related to human health and safety, property damage, and concern for co-nesting threatened or endangered species. Cormorants also threaten aquaculture, and the Service has collaborated with State fish and wildlife agencies, tribes, and Federal partners in addressing conflicts between cormorants and wild-stocked fish. Accordingly, we intend to initiate rulemaking on the following potential long-term solutions. We are considering: (1) Establishing a new permit for State wildlife agencies to receive authorization for cormorant management and control activities intended to relieve or prevent impacts from cormorants on wild and stocked fisheries, (2) establishing an aquaculture depredation order, which would allow take of cormorants under prescribed conditions at aquaculture facilities without the need to acquire an individual permit, or (3) some combination of the prior two options.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 21   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Eric L. Kershner
Chief, Branch of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2376
Fax:703 358-2217