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The FY23 HISC Call for Proposals and Application will be released on Monday, May 2nd at 8 am HST. The application link will be posted to the guidelines page.  Please read through the information below and follow the link to review the full application guidelines: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/fy23-call-for-proposals/. OVERVIEW  The Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council (HISC) provides interagency ...
Read More May 2nd – FY23 HISC Call for Proposals

Invasive species have devastating effects on Hawaiʻi’s agriculture, ecosystem health, and human health. February is Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Awareness Month (HISAM), when we raise awareness about these threats while also celebrating the good work done to protect Hawaiʻi from invasive species.  As part of these celebrations, the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council (HISC) Support Program coordinates ...
Read More 2022 Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Awareness Month Awards

Thanks to the work of teams at HDOA, DLNR, DOH, UH, and other partners, implementation on 65% of the 147 action items identified in the Hawaiʻi Interagency Biosecurity Plan has begun as of January 2022. This year marks the halfway point for implementation of the plan and we can reflect on our achievements made to ...
Read More Just Published – January 2022 Biosecurity Plan Progress Report

Check out this new video from our partners at the Big Island Invasive Species Committee. First detected in 2016 in South Kona, by 2021 the twolined spittlebug (TLSB) had impacted more than 175,000 acres of ranchland on the west side of Hawai’i Island. In this documentary from Visual Resonance Media, learn more about how Hawai’i ...
Read More New Video: Pest in Paradise – Two Lined Spittle Bug

We have known that invasive species cost money to control in addition to the costs associated with impacts to human health, the economy, and environment, but a global cost estimate has alluded us until now.   After five years of study, the international research team directed by scientists from the Écologie, Systématique et Évolution (CNRS / ...
Read More HISC NEWS – How much are invasive species costing us?

WHAT IS BIOCONTROL? Classical biological control (biocontrol) is the selection and introduction of a natural enemy of an invasive plant or insect pest which suppresses that pest in its home range, and the “reuniting” of this natural enemy with the invasive pest to provide long-term, cost-effective, and sustainable pest management. There are other forms of ...
Read More How Biocontrol Helps Hawaiʻi ~ New Video!

After approximately a year of stakeholder engagement and collaborative priority setting, the Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council (HISC) and the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) are pleased to announce the release of a final HISC & CGAPS Joint 2025 Strategy. This document replaces both the 2015-2020 HISC Strategic Plan and the 2015-2020 CGAPS Strategic ...
Read More Joint 2025 Strategy for HISC & CGAPS Finalized and Released

Presenter: Lisa Kaluna, Research Assistant for Dr. Susan Jarvi, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Summary: Learn the latest information on Rat Lungworm (RLW) parasitic disease that was presented at the International RLW Conference held in Hilo, Hawai‘i on January 7, 2020. Abstract Title: Angiostrongylus cantonensis in slugs and snails of east Hawai‘i island and ...
Read More Brown Bag #30: Rat Lungworm Update (Lisa Kaluna, UH Hilo)

A new web map shows which invasive species are targets for detection or control using HISC funds in FY19. The map displays House districts in Hawaii and for each district provides a list of species for which funding was provided. Please note that the listing of a species does not necessarily mean that it has ...
Read More Web map shows priority invasive species targets statewide

The scope of the Hawai‘i Interagency Biosecurity Plan addresses three biosecurity areas including pre-border (for example, agreements on handling and treatment of products before they enter the state), border (for example, inspection authorities and technologies), and post-border (for example, tools and capacity for response after invasive species have become established). The benefit of a comprehensive ...
Read More January 2020 Progress Report Released for Interagency Biosecurity Plan

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