An official website of the United States government

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.

This site is also protected by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate that’s been signed by the U.S. government. The https:// means all transmitted data is encrypted  — in other words, any information or browsing history that you provide is transmitted securely.

You are here

Oceania

Back to top

Spotlights

  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

    Recently, the health of coconut palms has come under severe threat. The Pacific Community (SPC), working with Pacific Island countries and territories, and development partners, is looking for ways to meet this threat before it devastates the hopes of economic progress in the region. In August of 2017 an alert was issued identifying a new danger to the Pacific, which is causing devastation to coconut palms and expanding rapidly across the region. The new threat comes from a longstanding adversary in the region: the rhinoceros beetle.

  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. Pacific Invasives Learning Network.
    This resource is to assist Pacific island invasive species practitioners in their battle against invasive species. It includes the Pacific Invasive Species Battler Series on common Pacific topical issues and an option to see what new resources have been added lately. You can also search for documents, case-studies, reports and other media by selecting the appropriate "Guidelines" theme or objective, or use the general search function by selecting tags related to the resources.
  • PlantPono.org.
    The Hawai'i-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment (HPWRA) is a free service that provides a background check on plants. Professional botanists use published information to answer 49 questions about a plant, to predict whether it is a low-risk or high-risk of becoming invasive in Hawai'i or similar Pacific islands.
  • DOI. Office of Insular Affairs.
    Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs this week announced $1,488,890 in fiscal year 2018 grants to combat invasive species and protect natural resources in the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. "Invasive species in the islands are disruptive for both marine and terrestrial resources in the islands, which already face a delicate balance," said Assistant Secretary Domenech. "Secretary Zinke and I are pleased to help control and eradicate invasive species in the islands in order to protect public health, livelihoods, and fragile environments and economies."
  • New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries. Biosecurity New Zealand.
    Biosecurity officials are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with brown marmorated stink bug during the upcoming risk season. The risk season runs from September to April, when stink bugs from the northern hemisphere are most likely to crawl into cargo heading to New Zealand. Last season, biosecurity officers intercepted more than 2,500 individual stink bugs at the border, mainly on vessels and cargo.
  • Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
    ​Crippled plant industries, trade suspensions and a devastated environment—Australia's Top 40 National Priority Plant Pests have damaging potential, from vine-attacking bacteria to a giant snail. The Top 40 pests were recently endorsed by Plant Health Committee, Australia's top committee for plant biosecurity. They were identified through a national expert elicitation process, which considered the economic, social and environment threats the pests posed to Australia. For more information see Australia's National Priority Plant Pests.
  • Australian Invasive Species Council.
    Today's announcement by federal agriculture minister David Littleproud to establish an office of environmental biosecurity will better prepare Australia to prevent and respond to new harmful pest, weed and disease invasions. The decision was announced today as part of a $138 million boost in investment for national biosecurity, including $7.6 million over five years to establish the office, headed by an Environmental Biosecurity Protection Officer, within the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
  • New Zealand Government.

    Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050. "While once the greatest threat to our native wildlife was poaching and deforestation it is now introduced predators," Mr Key says. These introduced pests also threaten our economy and primary sector, with their total economic cost estimated at around $3.3 billion a year. "That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums."

  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

    Plant Pest and Quarantine executives and trading partners from 13 Pacific Island countries are in Fiji this week to investigate ways to better prevent and control the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases across country borders. To address such global issues, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has drafted International Standard Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) which have been reviewed by countries, including the Pacific countries attending the three-day Regional International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Workshop which concluded yesterday.

  • Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

    The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, on behalf of the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee, conducted a public consultation process on the Australian Pest Animal Strategy and Australian Weeds Strategy for 2017 to 2027, which concluded with the endorsement of both strategies by the National Biosecurity Committee in June 2017. These strategies provide a national framework for addressing pest animals and weeds, while maintaining the profitability and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries and reducing the impact of pest animals and weeds on the environment.
    See also: Pest Animals and Weeds in Australia for revised strategies and more information.
  • Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
    Australia has implemented stronger offshore biosecurity measures for the upcoming brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season, to manage risks associated with this significant cargo pest. BMSB emerged as a biosecurity threat for Australia in 2014. They are a threat to a large range of plant species, including fruit, vegetables and ornamental plants. If BMSB was to arrive in Australia, it could significantly impact on the nation's plant health and potentially impact on trade. For more information, visit Seasonal Measures for BMSB.

Selected Resources

The section below contains selected highly relevant resources for this locaton, organized by source. To view all related content for this location, click on "View all resources for location" in the top left of this page.

Council or Task Force

Australian Invasive Species Council.

Partnership

Invasive Animals Limited (Australia).

The Centre for Invasive Species Solution is a national collaborative research, development and extension organisation, formed to tackle the ongoing threat from invasive species. Initially focusing on vertebrate pest threats.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Convention on Biological Diversity. Clearing-House Mechanism; Palau Office of Environmental Response and Coordination.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Pacific Biosecurity; Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme; Pacific Community.
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (Australia).

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Center for Plant Health Science and Technology; University of California - Davis.
Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (Australia).
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health; Invasive.org.
Produced by: Rod Randall, Western Australia Department of Agriculture
Note: Webarchive for Nature Conservancy's Global Invasive Species Team

International Government

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). Office of Biosecurity.
Western Australia Department of Fisheries.
Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council (New Zealand).
Auckland Council (New Zealand).
Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Formerly the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee (IPAC).
UN. Food and Agriculture Organization.
Queensland Business and Industry Portal (Australia).
Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and Environment.
Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Energy.
Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Outbreak reports on pests and diseases that are exotic to Australia, and are under official national eradication programs. Also provides information about a pest or disease that is no longer under an official eradication program if there is important information that the community still needs to be aware of.
See also: Pests and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL)
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).
Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Environment Canterbury Regional Council (New Zealand).
Greater Wellington Regional Council (New Zealand).
Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

New Zealand Department of Conservation.

Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Agriculture.
Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

New Zealand Department of Conservation.

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.
See also: Alerts for some of the major threats, pests and diseases facing New Zealand's primary sector.
Waikato Regional Council (New Zealand). Environment Waikato.

Northland Regional Council (New Zealand).

Northern Territory Government (Australia).
Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Energy.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). Office of Biosecurity.

Academic

Marine Education Society of Australasia.
University of New Zealand. Massey University.

Professional

Food and Fertilizer Technology Center.
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (New Zealand).