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North America

Provides selected North America resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • USDA Continuing African Swine Fever Prevention Efforts – Preparing to Establish Foreign Animal Disease Protection Zone

    • Aug 26, 2021
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • As part of its continuing efforts to respond to the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Dominican Republic (DR) and prevent its introduction into the Conterminous United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is preparing to establish a Foreign Animal Disease protection zone in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ASF has not been detected in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, and USDA is committed to keeping it out of both islands and the rest of the United States. Out of an abundance of caution, APHIS is taking this additional action to further safeguard the U.S. swine herd and protect the interests and livelihoods of U.S. pork producers.

  • CABI Highlights Top 20 Crop Pests and Diseases for Possible Prioritization in the Eastern Caribbean

    • Sep 20, 2021
    • CAB International. Invasives Blog.

    • CABI has highlighted the top 20 crop pests and diseases for possible prioritization in the Eastern Caribbean as part of a special presentation given to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum (CPHD) aimed at strengthening food security in the region and further afield. Dr Yelitza Colmenarez, CABI’s Centre Director, Brazil, told the conference of CPHD – with the participation of key partners including the FAO, IICA, OIRSA, USDA-APHIS, CIRAD, CARDI, CAHFSA and CABI Member Countries from the Caribbean – that the introduction of new pest and pathogen species are a serious threat to food security within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and globally. With the help of a range of CABI tools and platforms, including the Crop Protection Compendium, Invasive Species Compendium, Horizon Scanning Tool and Pest Risk Analysis Tool, Dr. Colmenarez says 20 key insects, bacteria, fungus and viruses pose a particular threat that needs to be identified, monitored and mitigated.

  • Canadian Minister of Transport Announces New Regulations to Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Canada

    • Jun 23, 2021
    • Transport Canada.

    • Canada's coasts and waterways are vital to our environment, livelihoods, and economy, and must be protected. Ballast water, which helps keep vessels stable in the water, can accidentally introduce and spread aquatic invasive species, like the zebra mussel, if released in the water untreated. To further protect Canadian waters, the Government of Canada is taking action to limit the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in ballast water. Today, the Canadian Minister of Transport announced the coming into force of the new Ballast Water Regulations to strengthen existing rules for vessels on international voyages and the introduction of new rules for vessels which remain in Canada and on the Great Lakes. These regulations, which replace the Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations, apply to vessels in Canadian waters and to Canadian vessels anywhere in the world. Vessels are now required to:

      • plan their ballast water management and reduce the number of organisms in their ballast water, typically by installing a ballast water management system; and
      • carry a valid certificate, keep records, and be regularly surveyed and inspected. Smaller vessels may follow an equivalent approach tailored to their operations and size.

      For more information, see Managing Ballast Water and Backgrounder: Ballast Water Regulations.

  • Government of Canada Invests $14.7M in Conservation Projects in Five Mountain National Parks to Prevent and Manage Aquatic Invasive Species

    • Dec 4, 2021
    • Parks Canada.

    • On December 4, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced federal investments of $14.7 million over the next five years for conservation projects to prevent and manage aquatic invasive species in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Waterton Lakes and Yoho national parks.

      The mountain national parks are particularly vulnerable to aquatic invasive species due to the high amount of water recreationists who visit each year. Aquatic invasive species alter aquatic ecosystems, cause irreversible damage, impact vulnerable species at risk, and spread downstream beyond park boundaries through the interconnected river systems. Of particular concern for the mountain national parks are invasive mussels, which deplete available nutrients and in turn affects the entire food web by altering water chemistry and quality, as well as the parasite that causes whirling disease, which leads to skeletal deformities for native species. This investment will help address major threats to aquatic ecosystems by funding programs to prevent and educate against the spread of aquatic invasive species.

  • New Rules for Ontario: New Invasive Species and Watercraft as a Carrier of Invasive Species

    • Nov 2, 2021
    • Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (Canada).

    • Ontario is taking action to prevent the establishment and spread of invasive species, helping to protect the province's natural environment and socio-economic wellbeing. The government is adding 13 new invasive species to be regulated under the Invasive Species Act. The government is also regulating watercraft as a carrier of invasive species under the act. These new requirements will take effect on January 1, 2022.

      As of January 1, 2022, boaters will be required to remove drain plugs and take reasonable precautions to remove all aquatic plants, animals and algae from their boats immediately upon removing the watercraft from a waterbody. In addition, boaters will also be required to ensure their watercraft is free of all aquatic plants, animals, and algae before arriving at a boat launch or launching their boat in any Ontario waterbody. These rules are based on the Clean, Drain, Dry practices which have been promoted through long term education and outreach efforts in Ontario and across North America and are based on experience from rules and regulations set by other jurisdictions.

  • Public Consultation on Proposed Bermuda Invasive Species Act

    • Aug 11, 2021
    • Government of Bermuda. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    • The public consultation period for the proposed legislation to manage invasive alien species will run from August 10th to September 7th 2021. The aim of the Invasive Alien Species Act 2021 is to allow actions to prevent the introduction and establishment of new pest species; and to allow for management of pests already present in Bermuda’s environment. Please review the information at: https://forum.gov.bm/en/projects/managing-problem-alien-invasive-species-1 and leave your comments and questions.

  • USDA Statement on Confirmation of African Swine Fever in the Dominican Republic

    • Jul 28, 2021
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has numerous interlocking safeguards in place to prevent ASF from entering the United States.  Pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are currently prohibited entry as a result of existing classical swine fever restrictions.

      The USDA continues to work diligently with partners including the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. swine industry to prevent ASF from entering the United States. ASF is not a threat to human health, cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans and it is not a food safety issue. 

  • Canal Grass: Smithsonian Scientist Clears Up Panamanian Urban Legend

    • Nov 30, 2020
    • Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

    • Urban legends about the origins of canal grass in Panama abound, but the Smithsonian has new evidence that puts the question to rest. Canal grass is an invasive weed, native to Asia. Because its tiny seeds blow in the wind, it readily invades clearings and spreads to form impenetrable stands by budding from tillers and rhizomes. Once established, canal grass is challenging to eliminate.

  • Pest Alert: Asian Giant Hornet [PDF | 330 KB]

    • Sep 2019
    • Government of British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture.

    • Three Asian Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) were found in the Nanaimo area on Vancouver Island in mid-August. The identification has been confirmed by Canadian and international experts. This is the first time this insect has been found in British Columbia. Please report suspected Asian giant hornet sightings to the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.

  • Panama Canal: Superhighway for Invasive Species?

    • Feb 25, 2015
    • National Geographic.

    • When the expansion of the Panama Canal is completed in 2016, giant ships that now must dock at West Coast ports after crossing the Pacific will be able to deliver cargo directly to ports on the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast. One thing they may be delivering, according to a recent study, is a much larger number of alien species.

  • Habitattitude: Protect Our Environment (Canada)

    • Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada; Environment Canada.

    • Welcome to Habitattitude, a web site dedicated to invasive alien species for aquarium hobbyists, backyard pond owners, water gardeners and others who are concerned about conserving our natural aquatic environment. Introduction and spread of harmful plants and animals in our waterways as a result of these activities, is a growing concern. While most aquatic invasive species do not survive when released into the environment, some may, and if left unchecked, can cause irreversible damage to the environment by degrading our aquatic resources and making waters unusable for recreation. If you are an aquarium hobbyist or enjoy backyard pond and water gardening, you can learn more on this website.

  • Latest Emerald Ash Borer Detections

    • Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

    • The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a highly destructive invasive beetle which attacks and kills all species of ash, but not mountain ash, which in spite of its name, is a completely different species of tree. To help prevent the spread of EAB, the movement of ash logs and firewood out of regulated areas is restricted. Report any detections outside of regulated areas to one of the CFIA's offices.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
Partnership
  • The Bahamas National Invasive Species Strategy [PDF | 1.56 MB]

    • 2013
    • Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government; Global Environment Facility.

    • See also: Documents and Media for more resources

  • iMapInvasives: Sharing Information for Strategic Management

    • Nature Conservancy. iMapInvasives.

    • i is an invasive species reporting and data management tool that is on-line and map-based. The primary focus for iMapInvasives is to track invasive species locations and management efforts. iMapInvasives tools can be used by citizen scientists, land owners, natural resources managers, and others who are working to prevent, control, or manage invasive species.
      See also: The iMapInvasives Network is comprised of organizations that host the iMapInvasives Network database in their respective state or province.

  • Alaska Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC)

    • University of Alaska - Anchorage. Alaska Center for Conservation Science.

  • Caribbean Invasives

    • Caribbean Invasive Alien Species Network.

  • Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum

    • Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum.

  • Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database - Invasive Species

    • Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands); Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance.

  • Firewood Map

    • Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

    • Provides specific state information on their firewood regulations and recommendations (includes Canada and Mexico).

  • InvadingSpecies.com

    • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

  • Invasive Alien Species in Canada

    • Canadian Wildlife Federation; Environment and Climate Change Canada. Hinterland Who's Who.

  • Manitoba Purple Loosestrife Project

    • Manitoba Purple Loosestrife Project.

  • NatureServe Network Directory

    • NatureServe.

    • This searchable directory includes contact information and self-identified areas of individual expertise for NatureServe, NatureServe Canada, and our Network Programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. More than 80 NatureServe Network Programs collect and analyze data about the plants, animals, and ecologi­cal communities of the Western Hemisphere. They are the leading source of information on the precise locations and conditions of at-risk species and threatened ecosystems in their jurisdictions. NatureServe collects, curates, and distributes that information for use at regional, national, and international scales. Staff throughout the Network are experts in their fields, and include some of the most knowledgeable field biologists and conservation planners in their regions.

  • Our Work - Invasive Species

    • Great Lakes Commission.

  • Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative

    • Midwest Invasive Plant Network; Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

    • The Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative provides information related to woody invasive species identification, distribution, impacts, regulatory status, and control and management. The collaborative has also developed recommendations on trees, shrubs and vines that gardeners and landowners can plant as alternatives to known woody invasives. The WIGL Collaborative was founded in early 2018 and is coordinated by the staff of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN).

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