The founder of the Algoma-Kewaunee Great Lakes Area Sport Fishermen group is echoing the sentiments of officials from several Door Peninsula communities, calling for state control over the local cormorant population. Kevin Naze says the birds have no natural predators and are flourishing. Cormorants devastate local fish populations, including alewives and other food sources for prized trophy fish.
Liberty Grove made a formal complaint in October, citing the smell and effects on vegetation from cormorant droppings. A federal court ruling gives Fish and Wildlife sole authority for cormorant control. Naze says the current practice of oiling eggs will take decades to bear fruit. He wants state agencies to have the ability to take a more aggressive course of action.