The final report of a review of fish-eating birds management policy and the summary of the evidence considered by the review group.
This document outlines the findings from the government review of the current licensing regime for fish-eating birds (cormorants, goosanders and red-breasted mergansers).
The review was started in 2011, led by Defra officials with significant input from representatives from key government, conservation and fisheries bodies across England.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including the introduction of Fisheries Management Advisors (FMAs) to help fisheries managers implement alternative control methods for all species of fish-eating birds.
The FMAs will also oversee a one-year trial of Area-Based Management and Licensing for cormorants whereby fisheries managers within the same area can cooperate to ensure effective management of cormorants.
Defra has established a Project Group which is advising on the delivery of these recommendations.