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The Little Fire Ant (LFA, Wasmannia auropunctata) was first detecting in Hawaii in 1999 in the Puna region of Hawaii Island. Since that time, LFA have spread across Hawaii Island and have been detected on Maui, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai. This pest is managed by a collaboration of entities including the Hawaii Ant Lab, the Hawaii ...
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The Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) has released a report titled Can’t See the Forest for the (Albizia) Trees: An Invasive Species Update. This report, required by legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session, provides an update to the 2002 LRB report Filling the Gaps in the Fight Against Invasive Species. The 2002 report analyzed gaps between agencies ...
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The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has released a Request for Proposals for the production of a comprehensive, multi-agency biosecurity plan for Hawaii. The intended scope of this plan is to address pre-border, border, and post-border biosecurity needs, and to incorporate the needs of multiple state and federal agencies. The intended outcome is a succinct implementation ...
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A new fungal pathogen known as Rapid Ohia Death (Ceratocystis fimbriata) was identified on Hawaii Island in 2014. The fungus attacks and can quickly kill ohia trees (Metrosideros polymorpha). Ohia is endemic to Hawaii and comprises approximately 80% of Hawaii’s native forests. In 2015, the HISC awarded funds to the University of Hawaii to support a post-doctoral ...
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  The State of Hawaii will be hosting the 4th annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) in February 2016. HISAW is organized in coordination with the U.S. National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) and regional Pacific Invasive Species Awareness efforts. HISAW seeks to promote information sharing and public engagement in what the Hawaii State ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2015                                                                  DOH INVESTIGATES CASES OF LOCALLY-ACQUIRED DENGUE FEVER ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII HONOLULU – The Hawaii ...
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Rat Lungworm Disease (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasite that primarily impacts rats, but has unfortunate impacts on humans, too. The parasite reproduces in rats, but is excreted in its larval stage and completes its development inside slugs or snails as an intermediate host. If a rat consumes a snail or slug, the parasite completes its lifecycle ...
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At a meeting of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council on July 29, 2015, the HISC approved an interagency spending plan totaling $4.75M for state fiscal year 2016, supporting 35 projects that will help fill gaps between and expand beyond the state’s existing civil service programs that address invasive species concerns. The budget was a difficult ...
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has released plans to assist in the early detection and rapid response of invasive naio thrips (Klamothrips myopori) for the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. The plans were produced in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the Oahu Invasive Species ...
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Navy has completed the Regional Biosecurity Plan (RBP) for Micronesia and Hawaii. The RBP is an unprecedented effort to analyze risks and coordinate enhancements in biosecurity. The RBP was initiated as part of the environmental impact analysis for a plan to potentially relocate military personnel from ...
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