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No. 29: Svalbard Pink-footed Goose. Population Status Report 2012-13

Madsen, J., Cottaar, F., Nicolaisen, P.I., Tombre, I., Verscheure, C. & Kuijken, E. 2013. Svalbard Pink-footed Goose. Population Status Report 2012-13. Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, 12 pp. Technical Report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy No. 29. dce2.au.dk/pub/TR29.pdf 

Summary

This report compiles annual monitoring data on the population status of the Svalbard pink-footed goose for the season 2013-14, which is used to monitor the population development and provide input data to the modeling of an optimal harvest strategy for the population for the coming hunting season (2013-14). This is part of an adaptive harvest management framework set up to support the implementation of the AEWA International Species Management Plan for the population. The estimated population size (May 2013) was 81,600 individuals, which is the highest ever recorded. The proportion of juveniles in the population (October 2012) was under long-term average, namely 9.9%. The number of pink-footed geese harvested in Norway and Denmark in the 2012 hunting season was c. 11,000.