DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: Hawai’i interagency biosecurity plan formed to protect environment, agriculture, economy and health

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Latest News

WHAT:    Hawaii is at an invasive species crossroads: our islands host more endangered species than any other state, we import 80-90% of our food, and our residents and visitors are threatened by fire ants and mosquito-borne illnesses. Better biosecurity is Hawaii’s path forward. “Biosecurity” encompasses the set of pre-border, border, and post-border actions and policies used to minimize the impacts of invasive species on our natural resources, agriculture, health, and way of life. Hawaii is proud to announce a comprehensive, interagency approach to biosecurity that represents a 10-year vision for over 150 coordinated actions that would substantially enhance our biosecurity system.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Room 320, Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

WHO: 

  • Suzanne Case, DLNR Chairperson
  • Joshua Atwood, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife Hawaii Invasive Species Coordinator
  • Scott Enright, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture Chair
  • Darcy Oishi, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture, Plant Pest Control Branch, Biological Control Section Chief

WHY: This is the 16th of 19 daily DLNR & YOU news conferences associated with the IUCN World Conservation Congress Hawai’i 2016, Sept. 1st-10th. Complete media packages with HD Video, photographs, and a video news release will be available.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Communications specialist

(808) 587-0320