Northern gannet – A sentinel species for the gulf, 4th edition
The size of the Northern Gannet population in Quebec is relatively stable and at a high level since 2010. However, the low and variable breeding success observed on Bonaventure Island should be monitored closely. In the 1960s and 1970s, certain contaminants were responsible for low reproduction rates, causing a decline in the population. This time, however, it is the availability of food in the Gulf of St. Lawrence that is affecting the species.