Cormorants do eat a lot of fish. So much so that there is an on-going debate in many states regarding the Cormorant's impact on the fish population. Cormorant's are federally protected birds- it is illegal to hunt them.
DDT, the Cormorant, like the Brown Pelican, had almost been driven to extinction. And now, also like the Brown Pelican, through the banning of DDT and other conservation methods- the cormorant has made a stunning comeback. I would estimate that I saw over 500 Double-crested Cormorants while at the Wilson Dam location- and that is just one of many wintering sites for the Cormorant in the Southeast. I was also pleased to be able to get a photo of a Cormorant that had been banded for research- band #92E.
The Double-crested Cormorant's scientific name is Phalacrocorax auritus. Phalacrocorax is derived from the Greek word phalakros which means "crow" or "raven". Auritus is latin for "eared" which describes the tufts of feathers that appear on the Cormorant's head during the breeding season. This is also how they get their common name of "Double-crested".