Invasives in the News

Court Affirms Ban On Interstate Commerce of Injurious Species

On April 7, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling in favor of the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK), lifting restrictions on interstate commerce of injurious species listed under the Lacey Act. In 2013, USARK filed litigation against the U.S. Department of the Interior challenging the 2012 U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule which listed four pythons and one anaconda — Burmese pyth ...[Read More]

President Obama Signs New Invasive Species Executive Order

On December 5, 2016 President Obama signed a new Executive Order “Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species.” This order updates an existing invasive species Executive Order (13112), which has been in place since 1999. “This order amends Executive Order 13112 and directs actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species. This orde ...[Read More]

DOI Announces Framework to Safeguard Nation’s Lands & Waters from Invasive Species

On February 18th, the U.S. Department of Interior released a report on using early detection and rapid response (EDRR) actions to stop the spread of invasive species. The report, Safeguarding America’s Lands and Waters from Invasive Species: A National Framework for Early Detection and Rapid Response,  was called for by the White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience as part of thei ...[Read More]

House Judiciary Committee Passes Snakes Bill

Last week the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 511, a bill from Representative Rooney (R-FL) that would add nine species of large constrictor snakes to the list of species that are prohibited from being imported or crossing state lines. Unfortunately, this positive effort was undermined by an amendment to allow a broad exemption for certain exhibitors of snakes, including many roadside zoos a ...[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]

Invasive species destroy Lake Michigan’s fish population

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]