NANFA-L-- OT, NA Herps Trade Analysis

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 30 Mar 2005 09:58:10 -0500

Below is a link to a recent article analyzing the impact of the wild-caught
herps trade in North America, as far as can be figured. Most fishes don't
seem to face this pressure, but you never know I guess.

--Bruce Stallsmith
along the once free-flowing Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
30 March 2005

Challenges in Evaluating the Impact of the Trade in Amphibians and Reptiles
Wild Populations

Martin A. Schlaepfer, Craig Hoover, and C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.

BioScience 55(3): 256-264 (March 2005)

Abstract: Amphibians and reptiles are taken from the wild and sold
as food, pets, and traditional medicines. The overcollecting of some species
highlights the need to assess the trade and ensure that it is not
declines in wild populations. Unlike most countries, the United States
imports and exports of all amphibians and reptiles. Records from 1998 to
reveal a US trade of several million wild-caught amphibians and reptiles
year, although many shipments are not recorded-in-the species level. The
magnitude and content of the global commercial trade carries even greater
unknowns. The absence of accurate trade and biological information for most
species makes it difficult to establish whether current take levels are
sustainable. The void of information also implies that population declines
overcollecting could be going undetected. Policy changes to acquire baseline
biological information and ensure a sustainable trade are urgently needed.

A copy of this article can be downloaded gratis by visiting the CNAH PDF

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