Breeding shags down 60% in Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas due to Prestige

The breeding population of shags (cormorán moñudoPhalacrocórax aristotelis) has fallen 60% in the Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas as a result of the Prestige oil disaster. Numbers have dropped from 1500 pairs before the slick in 2002 to 350 (2003-2007) in the Cies Islands. Seabird populations in the United Kingdom have also been affected by the Prestige. The article notes the fall of guillemot numbers on the Isle of Skomer in Wales. (SEO) The shag is catalogued as Endangered in the Atlantic and Vulnerable in the Mediterranean according to the Libro Rojo de las Aves de España.

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