February 2020 is the 8th annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month (HISAM), as proclaimed by Hawai’i Governor David Ige at a ceremony at the State Capitol on February 14. HISAM is coordinated by the interagency Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council (HISC) and includes awards and volunteer events across the state. View the proclamation HERE The ...

In-Water Cleaning Update

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in Main, slider

In-water cleaning (IWC) of vessels is not allowed in the State of Hawai`i due to the potential biosecurity risks and release of vessel antifouling paint that may degrade water quality. However, IWC of vessels is a useful method of biofouling management between dry-dockings, thereby minimizing biosecurity risks associated with overgrowth in addition to improving vessel ...
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The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is dedicated to empowering recreational users of aquatic resources in the United States and worldwide to help control and reduce the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species through partnerships and outreach activities. For more information on aquatic hitchhikers and how you can help, check out their newly updated website here.  

Become a Citizen Scientist!

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Main, slider

Become a Citizen Scientist!   Have you spotted invasive species around Hawai‘i? Sign up on to record and share your species observations with a growing world-wide network. You can join the State of Hawaii: Aquatic Invasive Species group to document your observation of non-native aquatic species listed on our website. This additional data helps us in ...
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Joint News Release from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources: STATE OF HAWAII READY TO IMPLEMENT HAWAII INTERAGENCY BIOSECURITY PLAN Provides 10-Year Framework for Invasive Species Prevention NR17-02 Jan. 10, 2017 HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i, in a broad coalition of stakeholders led by the Department of ...

Don’t Let It Loose!

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 in Main, slider

State of Hawaii DAR is participating in the national campaign DON’T LET IT LOOSE! Never release your pets or plants into the wild. If released, most pets don’t survive and many suffer before they die. Pets are usually unable to find food or shelter in the wild, and they are often an easy meal for ...
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WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROTECT HAWAII’S MARINE ECOSYSTEMS! If you encounter marine debris that might be from Japan, please let us know if you find alien plants or animals that have hitched a ride over.    Marine debris can carry live organisms originating from distant shores that may be harmful to Hawaii’s native marine species and ecosystems. ...
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Clean those hulls!

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Main, slider

Summer is coming, which usually means more time on the water and in your boat.  Many alien invasive species are spread when organisms attach to the bottom of your boat, this is referred to as “biofouling”.   When a boat is used in one watershed and then transported to another watershed, this serves as a ...
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