Save Cormorants from Mass Slaughter


Target: US Army Corps of Engineers

Goal: Save 16,000 cormorants from being killed in an effort to protect salmon populations

The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to massacre 16,000 cormorants in order to protect salmon for human consumption. On East Sand Island in the Columbia River, 39 percent of double-crested cormorants west of the Rockies come to nest and breed. The proposed killing of such a large number of these birds could severely affect the species as a whole. Another way must be found to help protect salmon in the Columbia River.

Cormorants are thriving on East Sand Island, but this does not mean they are doing well in other places. Cormorants are being persecuted in many areas, causing numerous colonies to die out. They are being killed to protect fish and are also still on the recovery from decades-old contamination by the pesticide DDT.

The US Army Corps of Engineers operates fourteen dams on the Columbia River’s main stem and many more on its tributaries. These dams prove fatal for thousands of salmon as they try to make their way up the Columbia. The Corps is blaming the cormorants and ignoring the harmfulness of the dams.

The Corps also kills sea lions to protect these salmon, but the slaughter of these cormorants is on a much larger scale. Along with climate change and other persecution of cormorants, this plan could jeopardize the entire species. This plan is not final yet. Please take action to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to take shotguns to East Sand Island and murder 16,000 cormorants.


Dear US Army Corps of Engineers,

I recognize your efforts to help protect the salmon of the Columbia River. However, there must be a way to achieve this goal that does not entail the slaughter of massive numbers of cormorants or other birds.

Your plan to kill 16,000 cormorants would not be just a localized event as you say. East Sand Island holds almost forty percent of the cormorants east of the Rockies, which makes it a primary nesting and breeding spot. As cormorants suffer elsewhere as well, this plan could have severe consequences for the cormorant species as a whole.

Please reconsider your lethal approach to this problem and find another way to help protect the salmon in the Columbia River without having to kill 16,000 cormorants.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hans Hillawaert via Wikipedia

Sign the Petition

  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare


  1. Cecily Colloby. says:

    So the cormorants are eating too many salmon, are they?? Isn’t that what they are MEANT to do??? If you ask me, the greedy human race eats too much of EVERYTHING so why don’t we get rid of 16,000 people? A MUCH better idea. We could start with the idiots who thought this idea up…

  2. Helene Beck Helene Beck says:

    Being a bird-lover I immediately wrote to the US Army Corps of Engineers about this matter, and they responded:
    ” …. Double-crested cormorant predation on Endangered Species Act-listed juvenile salmonids is a very complex issue. We need to balance the needs of federally protected fish and wildlife species with improving ESA-listed fish survival. The draft EIS is the first step in determining what actions we should take to protect ESA-listed juvenile salmonids, namely salmon and steelhead, while also managing double-crested cormorants, which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
    No actions are planned at this time; we are working with our partner agencies to determine the best action to comply with NOAA Fisheries’ requirement that the Corps of Engineers reduce the breeding pairs of double-crested cormorants to about 5,600 by 2018, down from 14,000 today. We are seeking alternatives from the public and agencies that will allow us to comply with this NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion.”

  3. Conrad Sheff says:

    ah, the US Army Corps of Engineers, last bastion of college-educated male chauvinist morons, whose dikes up and down the Mississippi every years causes massive flooding just beyond the dike. They need a Congressionally-appointed “brain” to vet all their decisions.

  4. caryl sawyer says:

    What has not been mentioned is that the cost of this massacre is rstimated at $1,500,000. This will not go to Army Corps of Engineers, but will be contracted out to goons and troglodytes.

    This is my tax dollar and no one has ssked me if I approve. There is kickback here and my congressman will hear about it. And hear about it. And. . .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




3405 Signatures

  • Eleanor Riley
  • Marianne Smith
  • Pam Dickerson
  • Carrie Wilson
  • Carol Hall
  • Mark Bould
  • Nan Stevenson
  • Inogen MacKenzie
  • eve roberts
  • eve roberts
1 of 341123...341
Skip to toolbar