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Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings – As reported in The Economic Times

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 […]

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Giant African Snail Closer to ‘Food Basket’ Region – Trinidad Guardian

Giant African Snail Closer to ‘Food Basket’ Region – Trinidad Guardian

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 […]

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Negril renews fight against lionfish – As reported in the Jamaica Observer

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 […]

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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)

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 […]

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Predation threats to the Red-billed Tropicbird breeding colony of Saba: Focus on cats

Predation threats to the Red-billed Tropicbird breeding colony of Saba: Focus on cats

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 […]

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question mark 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.
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Major Threats

Currently, the following threats pose a serious risk to biodiversity

Giant African Snail

Giant African Snail

Lionfish

Lionfish

Red Palm Mite

Red Palm Mite




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.

MTIASIC (Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species)

CISWIG (Caribbean Invasive Species Working Group)

CPHD (Caribbean Plant Health Directors)

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Species to be Aware of

Red Palm Mite

Red Palm Mite

Lionfish

Lionfish

Giant African Snail

Giant African Snail

Frosty Pod Rot

Frosty Pod Rot

White Top

White Top

Green Mussels

Green Mussels



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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.


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