Invasive Species in HawaiiJanay Rickwalder
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Hawaiian Department of
Agriculture works to preserve the ecosystems of each island and
prevent invasive species from gaining a foothold. However, recent
reports show that a species of fire ant has island-hopped from
Hawaii Island to
Oahu and Maui.
Department officials have linked the infestation to plants
shipped to nurseries on the two islands, and they are working with
consumers to contain the situation.