Crocodylus porosus (Estuarine Crocodile)

Criteria met:  Overall increase

Principal trade term to the EU:  skins

Percentage of global trade to the EU:  17%

Principal source:  captive-bred, ranched

Top EU importer:  France

Top Trading Partner:  Australia

CITES Appendix:  II (populations of Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea)

IUCN Status:  Least Concern

EU-reported imports of Annex B Crocodylus porosus skins from the three main sources (‘W’, ‘C’ and ‘R’), all purposes, 2001-2010.

EU-reported imports from Appendix II/Annex B populations in 2010 principally consisted of skins, the majority of which were captive-bred (12,071 skins) or ranched (10,346 skins); 1,209 wild-sourced skins were also imported. Captive-bred and ranched skins primarily originated in Australia (64% and 96% of skins, respectively), while 98% of the wild-sourced skins were imported directly from Papua New Guinea.

Although C. porosus met the ‘overall increase’ criterion based on imports of skins, quantities of both wild-sourced and ranched skins decreased slightly between 2009 and 2010, while total imports of skins decreased in both 2009 and 2010.

The SRG formed a positive opinion for Papua New Guinea on 16/02/2010.