KINGSTON (JAMAICA): Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of the candy-striped predator with a mane of venomous […]Read more
- Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings – As reported in The Economic Times
- Giant African Snail Closer to ‘Food Basket’ Region – Trinidad Guardian
- Negril renews fight against lionfish – As reported in the Jamaica Observer
- Policies, Strategies and Best Practices for Managing Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the Insular Caribbean (March 31st – April 4th 2014)
- Predation threats to the Red-billed Tropicbird breeding colony of Saba: Focus on cats
During the course of January, over 20,000 Giant African snails were collected in farming districts in Mt Lambert, just north of the Aranguez “food basket” community. Local authorities had previously successfully contained the aggressive invasive species for more than five years in the Diego Martin area. They are potentially disease-carrying creatures that pose a threat to […]Read more
NEGRIL, Westmoreland – FISHERFOLK, dive operators, lifeguards and hoteliers in Negril, Westmoreland, were recently reinforced with practical measures for managing the lionfish population through a public education forum organised by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). The more than 20 stakeholders who attended the forum at the Negril Community Centre were informed about the […]Read more
Policies, Strategies and Best Practices for Managing Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the Insular Caribbean (March 31st – April 4th 2014)
Policies, Strategies and Best Practices for Managing Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the Insular Caribbean March 31st – April 4th 2014 Radisson Trinidad Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Objectives of the Conference: To highlight the economic impact of IAS in the Caribbean. To share best practices, strategies; effective communication tools and techniques for managing and […]Read more
Feral domestic cats (Felis catus) are recognized as one of the most devastating alien predator species in the world and are a major threat to nesting colonies of the Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus), on Saba island, Dutch Caribbean. Cats and rats are both known to impact nesting seabirds and hence are both potential threats to […]Read more
What are IAS?
Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are organisms whose introduction and/or spread impacts human health and well being; disrupts trade and threaten biological diversity.
Currently, the following threats pose a serious risk to biodiversity
Caribbean Working Groups
Currently in the Caribbean, three (3) distinct Invasive Alien Species (IAS) working groups have been established to address mitigation of Invasive Alien Species. These groups encompass the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Legislation and Policy Issues
Currently model state law is being drafted for invasive species detection, control, and management. This model state law provides the statutory framework for a comprehensive program to address invasive non-native species.