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Norway (PE010)

Norway, Île-du-Prince-Édouard

Latitude 47,019°N
Longitude 64,037°O
Altitude 0 - 25m
Superficie 33,45km²

Description du site

The Norway cormorant colony is located near the northwestern tip of Prince Edward Island between North Point and Nail Pond. The town of Alberton is situated about 23 km to the south, with the village of Tignish, only 7 km to the south. The seven km stretch of coastline between Nail Pond and North Point is comprised of near vertical, red Permian sandstone cliffs that reach heights up to 25 m high near the outlet of Nail Pond. These cliffs are undergoing severe natural erosion, with the debris falling either into the ocean or onto a narrow beach below.

Oiseaux

The Norway cormorant colony supports internationally significant numbers of Great Cormorants. Over a 12 year period (1987 to 1998) the average number of Great Cormorants nests was 111 - over 1.75% of the estimated North American population. A peak of 190 nests were recorded in 1991, with a low of 30 nests recorded in 1987. Black Guillemots also breed at this site in small numbers. Northern Gannets (presumably from the Gaspe or Magdalen Island colonies) forage regularly along this coast, but usually in small numbers.

Enjeux de conservation

Some fishing interests disapprove of cormorants, and thus cormorants and their nests are occasionally destroyed, but at this site, the instability of the cliffs seems a more serious threat to the long-term future of the colony. The marine areas below the cliffs are overseen by the federal Fisheries and Oceans department; the tablelands are under private (multiple) ownership. The Prince Edward Island Fish and Wildlife Division has completed censuses at this colony annually since 1987.

Catégories ZICO Habitats Usages Menaces Potencielles ou Existantes Status de Protection
Grand Cormoran
Nombre Année Saison
1721998Été
1441997Été
1521996Été
1341995Été
2601994Été
2901993Été
3661992Été
3801991Été
3501990Été
2001989Été
1601988Été
601987Été