Seabirds – Sentinel Species for the Gulf, 4th Edition
Status: moderate in 2015
Trend: unchanged since 2005
Seabird populations breeding in the migratory bird sanctuaries of the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are influenced by such factors as food availability, predator abundance, and human disturbance. A census of these populations is conducted every five years. Given the positive status of Razorbill and Common Murre populations, the reduced but recently stabilized size of Herring Gull and Atlantic Puffin populations, and the presence of just a few remaining Caspian Terns, the status of this indicator is considered “moderate”.