Press Author, Dennis Wild, Involved in Lawsuit Against the Fish and Wildlife Service

by Kasie Pleiness on April 20, 2016

The Double-Crested CormorantThe Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), along with Director Daniel Ashe, are being sued by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) over their decision to extend the Aquaculture Depredation Order of 1998 without revising it. According to court records, the Aquaculture Depredation Order “authorized the commercial freshwater aquaculture industry to ‘take’ – or, kill – any cormorant found ‘committing or about to commit depredations to aquaculture stocks,’ that is, eating commercially-raised fish, in certain states.” University of Michigan Press author Dennis Wild is among the plaintiffs representing PEER.

Wild’s book, The Double-Crested Cormorant, describes the struggle of this maligned and mistreated bird to compete with human interests. Hated for its colonial nesting behavior; the changes it brings to landscapes; and especially its competition with commercial and sports fishers, fisheries, and fish farmers throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi Delta regions, the cormorant continues to be persecuted by various means, including the shotgun. In The Double-Crested Cormorant, Dennis Wild brings together the biological, social, legal, and international aspects of the cormorant’s world to give a complete and balanced view of one of the Great Lakes’ and perhaps North America’s most misunderstood species.

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