Import of an otter from the Netherlands to Norway - risk to the population


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Published: 02.11.2021

Key message:

The introduction of a Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) from the Netherlands to Norway will not be detrimental to the species' further survival.

This is the conclusion of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM).

The otter in question has been bred in captivity where both its parents have been bred, and the import will not have any detrimental effect on the species' conservational status.

The assignment was made on behalf of the Norwegian Environment Agency, which is the administrative authority for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), in Norway.

VKM is the scientific authority for CITES in Norway and prepares non detriment findings (NDF) in line with methodology published by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and CITES.