Alien Species in Hawai‘i

Nonnative species of plants and animals within the Hawaiian Islands have a deleterious effect on human health and well-being, agriculture, commerce, and the environment. It is estimated that more than 5,000 species of plants and animals occur in the Hawaiian Islands, including more than 1,300 non-indigenous vascular plant species. The Hawaii Biological Survey is working to provide resources for the identification and documenting the distribution of nonnative species, especially those that are invasive, helping to prevent further introductions and protecting the remaining unique native plants, animals, and ecosystems of Hawaii.

Funding for these projects comes from many sources, including the Hawaii Invasive Species Council & Partnership, Office of Mauna Kea Management, and the Edmondson Foundation.


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