Double Crested Cormorant Reporting Forms due March 30, 2014

Double-crested Cormorant

All permit holders for Santee Cooper Cormorant Removal Program are required to submit a completed reporting form, regardless of opportunity or success, no later than March 30, 2014. Reporting forms for the Santee Cooper Cormorant Removal Program were distributed to all permit holders with their permits, either by mail or during their training session. The completion of this form is made mandatory through the federal depredation permit under which permittees were allowed to participate in the taking of the Double-crested cormorants from lakes Marion and Moultrie. Information from these reports will be used by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to evaluate the 2014 Santee Cooper Cormorant Removal Program. DNR will not be able to issue any future permits to participants that fail to submit their reporting form.

Additional reporting forms can be found at http://dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/cormorants/CormorantRemovalForm.pdf.

All forms should be returned to:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Amanda Stroud
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202

Double-crested Cormorant-Santee Cooper Removal Program

The Santee Cooper Lakes Double-Crested Cormorant Removal Program will be implemented by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) beginning February 2014. The taking of double-crested cormorants is authorized under the Depredation Order for Double-crested Cormorants to Protect Public Resources (50 CFR 21.41), which allows for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to designate agents for this action.

The taking of cormorants will be restricted to the legal boundaries of the Santee Cooper lakes and will be allowed only in areas where waterfowl hunters can legally hunt waterfowl. Permittees will be authorized to remove cormorants from February 2, 2014 through March 1, 2014 from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Why do we need a removal program?

The effects of migrant cormorants that winter on the Santee Cooper lakes include competition with the resident fish population for clupeid (herrings, shads, menhaden, etc.) forage, direct predation on out-migrating juvenile shad and herring, direct predation on returning anadromous adults while crowded below the System's dams, and direct predation on juvenile game fish and catfish. In addition, cormorant harassment has been linked to significant winter kills of adult redear sunfish too large to swallow. Permanent damage to flooded bald cypress and tupelo trees used for roosts has also been documented.

How can I participate?

All participants in the Santee Cooper Lakes Double-Crested Cormorant Removal Program must be permitted by the DNR. To obtain a permit, all participants must be 16 years or older, attend one of three scheduled training seminar, complete an application and DNR volunteer form, and fillout the Double Crested Cormorant Removal Report Form PDF on all takings by March 30, 2014.

Please mail or e-mail the completed form to:

Amanda Stroud
SCDNR
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Email: strouda@dnr.sc.gov

Training Sessions

Day/Date Time Place
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:00 PM Santee Cooper Auditorium located at Santee Cooper headquarters at 1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner, SC
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:00 PM Central Carolina Technical College Auditorium at 3351 Sumter Highway, Manning, SC
Saturday, February 8, 2014 2:00 PM Santee Cooper Auditorium located at Santee Cooper headquarters at 1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner, SC

Double crested cormorantsPre-registration is not required

Permit Conditions - New Information - as of 1/30/2014


Double-crested Cormorant Removal Program Frequently Asked Questions

More information on double-crested cormorants

Commonly Mistaken Birds

Lake Definitions

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