Cape Gannet Morus capensis

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Red List Category

Criteria: A2acde+3cde+4acde; B2ab(iii,iv,v)

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Vulnerable since it has a very small breeding range on just six islands, and over-exploitation of its prey by human fisheries - compounded by pollution - is causing a continuous decline in the quality of surrounding waters for foraging.

Population size: 300000 mature individuals

Population trend: Decreasing

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - shelf island - Continental islands include all other islands or island groups. Generally they were once part of continents and lie on a continental shelf of < 200 m sea depth.
Realm - Afrotropical - realm
Realm - Oceanic - realm
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Morus capensis. Downloaded from on 07/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 07/12/2016.