AREAS OF CONCERN

The Hawaii State Legislature has declared invasive species “the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people.”

Invasive alien species have the capacity to degrade and destroy remaining native habitat and eliminate native species. Continual monitoring and responsive management is needed to prevent the establishment of invasive plants, algae, marine invertebrates, predators, parasites and pathogens in priority areas and to control or remove invasive plant and animal species from areas managed for natural resources protection.

Hawai’i’s marine habitats, especially coral reefs, are particularly vulnerable to alien invasions. To date, four known species of alien algae have become invasive in Hawaii, along with at least two species of seagrass, and non-native mangrove infestations.

Historical examples

1960s
-Convene discussion on impacts of ungulates on native species and watersheds

1970s
-Successfully oppose the proposed introduction of axis deer to Hawaiʻi Island
-Support the fencing and removal of goats from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
-Calls for removing feral ungulates from endangered palila bird habitat on Mauna Kea

 

1990s

-Obtain a grant to repair fences protecting the Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Forest Bird Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaiʻi Island

2000s

-Successfully advocate for increased state funding for agricultural inspections at ports of entries to prevent invasive species introductions

-Administer the Mānoa Cliffs Trail Project to remove invasive species and restore native plants in Mānoa, Oʻahu

 

2010s

-Help the Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee obtain a grant from the National FIsh and Wildlife Foundation for invasive weed control efforts

-Produce brochure materials and organize nearly 100 Native Hawaiian and conservation organizations to support rodent and mongoose control in conservation areas

-Co-sponsor and support the successful adoption of National Wildlife Federation resolution to mitigate the negative impacts of lionfish and other invasive speices to marine fisheries and ecosystems

-Successfully advocate