After seeing the ship, MV American Cormorant , I decided that I would like to train cormorants to fish for me, as they have in Asia for millenia.
How are these birds trained & outfitted?
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After seeing the ship, MV American Cormorant , I decided that I would like to train cormorants to fish for me, as they have in Asia for millenia. How are these birds trained & outfitted?

I don't know for sure but I would guess they are trained as most other animals are trained. That is, train the animal before you feed it. When the animal performs the desired behavior you reward it by feeding it. The animal eventually comes to associate the desired behavior with a positive outcome (i. e. getting fed) and eventually performs the desired behavior without any prompting from the human keeper.

You might see if you can find Falconry buffs in your area. This sounds like it would be along the same lines as training falcons to hunt; that is, you want the animal to catch its prey but not eat the prey. I would think that would be slightly more complicated than the usual training scenario.

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After seeing the ship, MV American Cormorant , I decided that I would like to train cormorants to fish for me, as they have in Asia for millenia. How are these birds trained & outfitted?

They are tamed and then left to do what comes naturally to them. That is catching fish. Only difference is that they are fitted with a ring around their necks which prevents them from swallowing the fish they have caught. Each one is also tethered to the boat by a string and is unceremoniously hauled in by the ' fisherman' and relieved of the fish it has caught.
Sound like ' fun' to you??
Vox.
they are fitted with a ring around their necks which prevents them from swallowing the fish they have caught. Each ... hauled in by the ' fisherman' and relieved of the fish it has caught. Sound like ' fun' to you??

So far I like it. Maybe I'll put a few cats in the boat to motivate the bird to get his ass back out there and keep working.

Where do I get the neck ring?
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So far I like it. Maybe I'll put a few cats in the boat to motivate the bird to get his ass back out there and keep working.

If you are so good at trolling, why in hell try cormorants?
Where do I get the neck ring?

Use your own ring. The birds might go for the anal aspect.

Vox.
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