The Crown cormorant breed only or mainly in the Benguela upwelling system (divided into three regions: northern Benguela (n of Lüderitz), southern Benguela (Lüderitz to Cape Agulhas) and the South African south coast (Cape Agulhas to east Algoa Bay)., hence the assessments for these species is confined to the northern and southern Benguela. A preliminary assessment showed that Crowned Cormorants were Least Concern globally and in both northern and southern Benguela. Crowned Cormorants, which don’t compete with fisheries for prey, don’t forage in flocks, and have many small colonies contributing to their population, have been stable in the long term with an overall global population of 2162 with 944 in Namibia and 1218 in South Africa.
for the ease of species-specific population trends and rate of change in different regions, the Benguela upwelling system was divided into three regions: northern Benguela (n of Lüderitz), southern Benguela (Lüderitz to Cape Agulhas) and the South African south coast (Cape Agulhas to east Algoa Bay).
This is a 29% decrease in South Africa from 1732 in 2015-2019 and 1218 recent estimates (2019) whilst Namibia experience a 97% increases over the same period from 479 to 944.
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