Regional Office, Portland, Oregon
The number of endangered species in the Pacific and California/Nevada regions comprises nearly two-thirds (63%) of all U.S. endangered species. We are the major Pacific Rim gateway to the U.S. International ports of entry which include 18 passenger airports (including 7 air cargo facilities), 5 border cargo ports, and 14 water cargo ports. Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, harbors are the top international import cargo ports in the United States.
A major threat to the Pacific and California/Nevada regions directly influences biodiversity is its location in the Pacific Rim. This gateway is a potential corridor for the introduction of invasive species that could jeopardize the fragile balance of ecological webs throughout the United States. Recent examples of such threats include interception of commercial Snakehead and Mitten Crab shipments that were destined for the restaurant trade. The volume of illegal internet sales of injurious wildlife that originate in the Pacific Rim area is significant.
US Fish and Wildlife Service