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Tackling the Challenge of Invasive Species: A Coordinated and Comprehensive National Response

Today the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) released a document outlining a vision for a comprehensive national response in order to tackle the challenge of invasive species.  The vision is intended to address the inadequate authority, capacity, and coordination of the current federal response to invasive species issues. The NECIS vision is unique in that it emphasi ...[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]

NECIS Comments on Climate Adaptation Strategy

Yesterday, the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) delivered comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. The coalition commended FWS for the development of the Climate Adaptation strategy and focused their comments on strengthening actions to prevent and control invasive species. For the complete co ...[Read More]

Bill to Add 9 Snake Species to Prohibited List Passes Committee

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 ...[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]

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, …

Pig Declared Invasive Species

Pig Declared Invasive Species Michigan Policy Network (blog) Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, or DNRE, has declared feral pigs to be a state invasive species. With 3000 to 5000 pigs living in more than 65 of 83 Michigan counties, these wild boars have become a problem. …

NECIS releases An Action Plan on Invasive Species, for the Administration and the 112th Congress

NECIS groups outline the policy changes needed to curb invasive species introduction and spread, with a focus on screening intentional imports, preventing inadvertent introductions, and addressing funding gaps. NECIS-brochure-2011

Tracking Asian Carp With eDNA

A new attack against Asian carp has been established with more tracking and monitoring using environmental DNA and developing new methods to slow the invasive species’ movement toward the Great Lakes. Environmental DNA, also called eDNA, consists of collecting cell samples the carp leaves behind such as fish scales, urine and feces. These samples are then matched with DNA records that distinguish ...[Read More]

Feral Swine is New Invasive Species in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment signed an order to make feral swine and wild boar an invasive species starting July 11, 2011. These two species pose a great threat on the state’s ecosystem, agriculture, wildlife, humans and native species. The feral swines that are in Michigan escaped from hunting or breeding facilities. Since the effective date is not until next ...[Read More]