The IUCN red list assessment of aspidochirotid sea cucumbers and its implications

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Conand, C, Polidoro, BA, Mercier, A, Gamboa, RU, Hamel, JF, & Purcell, SW 2014, 'The IUCN red list assessment of aspidochirotid sea cucumbers and its implications', SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin, vol. 34, pp. 3-7.

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This article presents the results from the assessment of sea cucumbers in the order Aspidochirotida for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species. The results were published by IUCN in June 2013. Of 377 species examined, 16 were classified as threatened with extinction (7 as endangered, 9 as vulnerable) based on standard IUCN methodology. We also summarise findings from a recent publication about the drivers of extinction risk in these sea cucumbers. The IUCN listing sends a stern message to resource managers for the conservation of threatened species. The IUCN Red List may also serve to guide future evaluation by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) for listing some of the species on Appendix II or III in order to set conditions on the trade of those species. We discuss some issues of CITES listing for the Philippines, as a “hotspot” country, and recommend that sea cucumbers should be re-evaluated for listing on CITES Appendix II and III.

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