Threats to Biosecurity from Invasive Species

At the 2012 National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) provided a forum for discussing the potential threats that invasive species presents to “biosecurity” in the United States and across the globe. Several National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) members framed p ...[Read More]

Emerging Nutrient Crisis Causing Massive New Breakdowns in the Great Lakes

NWF  testifies before U.S. Senate Subcommittee on new report as part of federal examination of nation-wide nutrient pollution epidemic   ANN ARBOR, MICH. (October 4, 2011) – The National Wildlife Federation today released a report documenting new and massive ecosystem breakdowns in the Great Lakes caused by interactions between excessive fertilizer run-off from farms and invasive zebra a ...[Read More]

NECIS Comments on First Species Proposed for Screening List

On September 26th, the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) submitted recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on an important new rule as part of the regulations that govern the importation of plants. NECIS has worked for years to strengthen federal screening of horticultural imports.  In 2011 USDA APHIS compl ...[Read More]

Invasive species destroy Lake Michigan’s fish population

Economics Study Shows Risk Assessment of Potentially Invasive Animal Species Pays Off

Findings demonstrate substantial returns on screening program relative to current costs of open-door policy WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2011 — In a major new study published in the journal Ecological Economics, scientists and economists have, for the first time, statistically demonstrated the net benefits of doing risk assessments for the live wild animal trade. The study estimates that the long-term exp ...[Read More]

Cane Toads: The Conquest

CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST will be released nationally by Pinnacle Films on June 2. The film is a comic yet provocative account of Australia’s most notorious environmental blunder. Filmmaker Mark Lewis (Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, The Natural History of the Chicken) explores one of Australia’s greatest environmental catastrophes as he follows the unstoppable march of the cane toad across the A ...[Read More]

Jumping Fish Invade Louisiana

You can’t help but laugh watching the wild web videos of Asian carp leaping out of the water in states like Illinois and Indiana, but you may not realize this problem hits close to home.  Invasive species expert Michael Massimi from the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program says it’s no laughing matter.  We spent a day boating with Massimi and Nichols State University ...[Read More]

Pet Shop Fish Confiscated At Airport

Fish headed to pet shop confiscated at O’Hare By Katie Drews A shipment of tropical fish commonly found in pet shops was recently confiscated at O’Hare Airport for breaking the City of Chicago’s invasive species ordinance, officials said.  During a routine customs inspection at the airport, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent discovered approximately 350 Oriental weather loaches imported from Chin ...[Read More]

County sets up border base against invasive mussels

County sets up border base against invasive mussels Twin Falls Times-News The first line of defense against two invasive species carried across the Nevada-Idaho border on boats will become a little more permanent. Twin Falls County will lease a trailer from Mid-Snake Resource Conservation and Development to hold boat inspections a mile north of the border, Twin Falls County commissioners said last ...[Read More]

The darker side of tourism – invasive species

The darker side of tourism – invasive species Troy Media Corporation Particularly on isolated islands, invasive species are wiping out native plants and animals, destroying the environment and causing massive financial headaches to cash-strapped governments. And that’s just the cost and hassle of dealing with humans, …