Diets of shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis and cormorants P. carbo in Norway and possible implications for gadoid stock recruitment

Montevecchi, William A. and Barrett, R. T. and Loen, J. and Røv, N. (1990) Diets of shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis and cormorants P. carbo in Norway and possible implications for gadoid stock recruitment. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 66. pp. 205-218. ISSN 1616-1599

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Abstract

The diets of shags and cormorants were studied in Norway through analyses of regurgitated pellets. Although this method has many limitations, indications were that both species rely heavily on small gadoids (Gadidae) and sand eels (Ammodytidae) for food throughout their range, but also eat other fish species when available. There was considerable dietary overlap between species, despite a tendency for cormorants to eat larger fish and more benthic items than shags. Predation by shags and cormorants could be a factor limiting the recruitment of cod and saithe into what are now severely reduced, but commercially important stocks in the Norwegian and Barents Seas.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1955
Item ID: 1955
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Biology
Date: 6 September 1990
Date Type: Publication
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