FWS considers downlisting the Argentine population of Broad Snouted Caiman, a crocodilian species.
73 Fed. Reg. 33968 (June 16, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Petition To Reclassify the Argentine Population of the Broad-Snouted Caiman From Endangered toThreatened; Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.)
Photo of the Broad snouted caiman from the Florida Museum of Natural History
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 90-day finding on a petition to reclassify the Argentine population of the broadsnouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that the petitioned action of reclassifying the broad-snouted caiman in Argentina from endangered to threatened status under the Act may be warranted. Therefore, we are initiating a status review of the broad-snouted caiman to determine if reclassification of the population in Argentina, as petitioned, is warranted under the Act. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are requesting submission of any new information on the broad-snouted caiman since its original listing as an endangered species in 1976. At the conclusion of our status review, we will make the requisite recommendation under section 4(c)(2)(B) of the Act and issue a 12-month finding on the petition, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act. DATES: To be considered in the 12- month finding on this petition, we will accept comments and information from all interested parties until September 15, 2008.
COMMENTARY: The downlisting of the species will allow the commercial trade of the crocodilian's skins, as explained in the Federal Register announcement... "Through a system of permits, the CITES Appendix-II listing allows international trade in Argentine broadsnouted caiman parts and products
throughout the world, with one exception: Trade in Argentine broadsnouted caiman specimens is prohibited in the United States because the species is listed as endangered (41 FR 24062; June 14, 1976) under section 4 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)" According to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the skin of the Argentine broad snouted caiman is also considered especially well suited to tanning.