HISC Strategic Plans

Hawaii is in the midst of an invasive species crisis affecting the islands’ endangered plants and animals, overall environmental and human health, and the viability of its tourism and agriculture based economy.

Invasive pests already cost the State of Hawaii millions of dollars of crop losses, the extinction of native species, the destruction of native forests, and the spread of disease. But many more harmful pests threaten to invade Hawaii, causing further damages. Even one new pest – like the brown tree snake or the red imported fire ant – could change the character of our islands.

The HISC Strategic Plan provides the framework for a statewide invasive species prevention, control, research and public outreach program. The strategy reflects the HISC’s legal mandates and takes into account reviews carried out by each of the working groups.

Interim Strategic Plan, 2005-2008

HISC Strategic Plan, 2008-2013 – approved by the Council on July 9, 2008


Species Management Plans

The HISC supports the development of species-specific management plans throughout the state. The Council has previously supported the development of a coqui frog plan, a draft of which was released in 2007. A statewide summary of little fire ant populations and management actions was released in 2015.

Hawaii’s Coqui Frog Management, Research and Education Plan

Little Fire Ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) Hawaii Status Summary: Prevention, Management, and Resource Needs.  February 2015