CONABIO Issues Request for Proposals (PDF | 201 KB) (Feb 13, 2013)
National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Mexico).
Note: Document is in Spanish
The National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) through its Program Environmental Restoration and Compensation (PRCA), has issued a call to government agencies, civic associations, universities and research centers, to submit projects focused on developing assessments of the state of biological invasions of exotic species and proposals for management in island ecosystems, freshwater bodies, grasslands, tropical rainforests, dry rainforests or cloud forests of Mexico, located within priority regions for conservation. Proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2013.
Armoured Catfish Prowling Northern Belize's Riverine Territory (Feb 7, 2013)
7 News Belize.
The armoured catfish first reared his very ugly head in the Rio Bravo Area of Belize back in November, 2012. Now, there are concerns that the invasive species of fish may be making deeper inroads into Belize. Today the Director of Fisheries outlined the threat: "Our local species are already under stress by the Tilapia invasion - it competes for them like the Bay Snook and these species that naturally nest - they create nest. These fish just literally marginalize them and push them out and displace them."
Invasive Lionfish Now a Cause for Concern in Barbados (Dec 12, 2012)
Lionfish sightings in Barbados' waters have moved from ten within the first eight months of the first sighting in November 2011 to ten per week and the fish are now found right around the island.
So said fisheries biologist Chris Parker, while addressing delegates from the 21st Conference of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for the Americas. Lionfish continue to multiply rapidly, having first been spotted off Florida in 1985, spreading to Bermuda and then The Bahamas by 2004. By 2007 they had spread to Cuba and Turks and Caicos, then Belize in 2008. Since then, the spread has escalated to the rest of the Caribbean and South America. Two species have so far been found in the Atlantic – the red lionfish and the devil-fire fish – and scientists believe they will only be stopped by cooler waters further north and south.
and the United States Team Up to Keep Out
Invasive Pests (Nov
Pack a Pest" campaign
went international last month as Jamaica
enthusiastically kicked off its own version
of the outreach initiative in Montego Bay
and Kingston. The Florida-based program
warns the public about the risks of bringing
undeclared agricultural products -- and
hitchhiking invasive pests -- from one
country to another.