Lontra canadensis (North American Otter)

Criteria met:  Sharp increase

Principal trade term:  skins

Principal source:  wild

Top importer:  Turkey

Top Trading Partner:  United States

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Imports of Lontra canadensis skins reported by candidate countries, all purposes, 2003-2011 (no imports were reported in 2002; all imports were wild-sourced and reported by Turkey).

In 2011, Turkey reported the import of 1491 skins and 1102 skin pieces, all of which were wild-sourced and imported directly from the United States for commercial purposes. Imports of wild-sourced skins doubled between 2010 and 2011, reaching their highest level over the period 2002-2011. No trade in L. canadensis to other candidate countries was reported by either candidate countries or exporters in 2011. The SRG formed a positive opinion for wild specimens from all countries on 02/09/1997; the positive opinion for the United States was confirmed on 07/12/2012.