WI - Cormorant Research Group Meetings & Proceedings updated on 03-09-2003

6th International Cormorant Research Group conference
Odessa, Ukraine 10 - 14 September 2003

Hosted by

Odessa National University
Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Union
Wildlife Conservation

Organizing Committee

Dr. Anatoli Korzyukov
Dr. Ivan Rusev
Dr. Thomas M. Keller
Dr. Mennobart van Eerden

Assisted and supported by

Wetlands International Cormorant Research Group (CRG)

Final programme

General information

The meeting will be held in the Hotel Valentina. All sessions and workshops will be accommodated in the conference centre.
Address: Kurortnyi pereulok, 2 (Arkadiya) - Tel.: +38 (0482) 632587 Fax: +38 0482 23-12-20. Email:
wildlife@paco.net - olegk@te.net.ua

There are direct flights to Odessa from Vienna, Budapest, Varshava, Istanbul, Moscow. Shuttle bus service from the Odessa airport to the hotel Valentina will be available for all participants on 10 and 11 September. Participants from Ukraine and neighbouring countries also can arrive by train, bus or car. From the train/bus stations the hotel can be reached by taxi. In case of any questions after arrival to Odessa please call the local organizers of the meeting from the airport/stations.

Conference fees (include conference materials, mid-conference excursion, shuttle bus transportation, welcome reception and coffee/tea during breaks) are 80 EUR. Accommodation (includes lodging & breakfast): Single (30 - 55 EUR) and double (35 _ 38 EUR) rooms including breakfast are available at the hotel Valentina. All meals will be served at the hotel and will cost 15 _ 20 EUR with local dry wine. Cost of the friendly dinner will be 25 EUR.

A full day excursion will be organised on 12 September to the Dniester delta wetlands area.

All payments are to be made during the meeting by cash.

It is intended to publish proceedings with all contributions of the plenary sessions and selected posters and workshop presentations. The full papers of the presentations will be gathered during the meeting and during the two months after the meeting.

Meeting languages
English and Russian

Contact persons
Dr. Anatoli Korzyukov olegk@te.net.ua
Tel. +38 0482 638371

Dr. Ivan Rusev wildlife@paco.net
Tel. +38 0482 231220 - Fax: +38 0482 23-12-20

Visa Information
All participents from EU and others country can get visa in airport Odessa (80-100$)

Scientific programme

10 September 2003

08.00 - 23.00
Arrival and registration of participants

Excursion into the city of Odessa

11 September 2003

08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast

08.00 - 11.00 Arrival and registration of participants (continued), setting up of posters

11.00 - 11.30 Welcome addresses and opening by:

- V. Ivanitca: pro-rector of the Odessa national University
- Yu. Boshenko: director of Ukrainian plague control institute
- Mennobart van Eerden: Cormorant Research Group coordinator
- Thomas M. Keller: Cormorant Research Group assistant coordinator

First session chaired by
Mennobart van Eerden and Thomas M. Keller

11.30 - 12.00
Loic Marion & Rosemarie Parz-Gollner: Preliminary results of the first Pan-European Cormorant midwinter census in January 2003

12.00 - 12.30
Jean-Yves Paquet: Evolution of the use of a wintering area by Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo: the case of Wallonia (Southern Belgium)

12.30 - 13.00
Ivan Rusev
: Cormorants of the Dniester Delta

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.30
Ahmad Barati: Changes in the winter population of Great Cormorants in the southern costal zones of Caspian Sea

14.30 - 15.00
V. P. Belik, N. V. Shvartseva: Features of nesting of Cormorants on islands of the lake Manych-Gudilo

15.00 - 15.30
M. Goc, L. Iliszko & P. Stepnievski: Cormorants and trees: Nest distribution and gaining of nest material in the colony at Katy Rybackie (N. Poland)

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 16.30
Piotr Kopciewicz & Lech Stempniewicz: Chick growth and development in the Great Cormorant at Katy Rybackie, N Poland

16.30 - 17.00
Tatyana Ardamatskaya: Nesting of Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) on Jarylgachsky bay islands and its relationships with other species

17.00 - 17.30
Antonina G. Rudenko: Problems with the Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) in the region of the Black Sea Biosphere reserve

17.30 -18.30 General discussion

19.00 - 22.00 Friendly dinner

12 September 2003

08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast

09.00 - 17.00 Conference excursion to the Ramsar site wetland Delta of the river Dniestr (on the Ukrainian and Moldavian border)

18.00 - 22.00 Social and cultural program. Slides and video shows

13 September 2003

08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast

Second session chaired by
Anatoli Korzyukov and Ivan Rusev

09.00 - 09.30
W. Bogdan, A. Martyniak, J. Kozlowski, U. Szymanska, H. Piotr & P. Poczyczynski: Changes in the diet composition of Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis (L.) at the Katy Rybackie breeding colony in the years 1998 -2001

09.30 - 10.00
K. Keresztessy, G. Gyoi, J. Gal, L. Gosztonyi, C. S. Flaisz & S. Farago: Research on fish consumption of cormorants on the Danube and nearby fish ponds

10.00 - 10.30
Thomas M. Keller & Tamir Strod: The use of pellet analysis in the study of Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis diet: just another validation study?

10.30 - 11.00
Josef TRAUTTMANSDORFF: Does Cormorant predation have an effect on the fish species composition of smaller rivers in Lower Austria?

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.00 B.
Wziatek, A. Martyniak, J. Kozlowski, U. Szymanska, P. Poczyczynski & D. Dariusz: Feeding of Great Cormorants at the Wulpinskie Lake breeding colony

12.00 - 12.30
A. Martyniak, B. Wziatek, J. Kozlowski, U. Szymanska, P. Poczyczynski & M. Ozewski: Relationship between Great Cormorants and European white-fish in the Wigry National park

12.30 - 13.00
I. Russell, D. Parrot, D. Goldsmith, A. Cook, T. Drew & M. Ives: The potential for using artificial refuges as a means of reducing cormorant impact at inland fisheries

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

Third session chaired by
M. Zhmud and A. Koshelev

14.00 - 14.30
Anatoli Korzyukov & Ivan Rusev: Pygmy cormorants in Ukraine

14.30 - 15.00
M. Zhmud & A. Zhmud: Pygmy Cormorants in the Danube Delta: Dynamics of the Numbers and Limiting Factors

15.00 - 15.30
Petrovich Zinovij, Igor Schogolev & Antonina Rudenko: Present status of the Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus) in the region of the Dnieper Delta

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 16.30
M. Sazedul Islam, M. Zahirul Islam: Patterns correspondence population with motion frequencies of Little cormorant Phalacrocorax niger in Meghna-Gomti highway side, their threats and possible conservation measures

16.30 - 17.00
Wojczulanis Katarzyna, Jakubas Dariusz & Lech Stempniewicz: Importance of fish regurgitated by Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo for breeding success of the Grey Heron Ardea cinerea in the mixed colony at Katy Rybackie, N Poland

17.00 -18.00 Discussion and conclusions

14 September 2003


14 - 16 September 2003

A three-day excursion to the Danube biosphere reserve and surrounding wetlands will be available from 14 till 16 September.
Full costs including travelling, meals, and accommodation will be 150 EUR per person.