• Hawaiʻi State Senate


WHO: Sen. Mike Gabbard, Sen. Karl Rhoads, Rep. Chris Lee, Rep. Richard Creagan, a and Rep. Ryan Yamane

WHAT: Informational Briefing on Hawai‘i's Interagency Biosecurity Plan

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Conference Room 325

Hawai‘i State Capitol

State Senator Mike Gabbard (Dist. 20 - Kapolei, Makakilo, and portions of ‘Ewa, Kalaeloa, and Waipahu), Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, will be leading a joint informational briefing on the Hawai‘i Interagency Biosecurity Plan on Wednesday, January 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, Conference Room 325.

The meeting is open to the public. The Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine Branch will bring live invasive species specimens to the informational briefing.

The State of Hawai‘i released the Hawai‘i Interagency Biosecurity Plan for 2017-2027 on January 10, 2017. This Plan is the state's first interagency, coordinated comprehensive plan to tackle the threats and harms from invasive species.

Senator Gabbard said, "As Agriculture and Environment Committee Chair, I'm introducing several pieces of legislation this session that support recommendations of the Plan, including bills to develop the Invasive Species Authority, fund plans for a biocontrol containment facility, establish an agriculture import substitution grant program and local agriculture marketing campaign, create a biosecurity emergency response fund, and expand Hawai‘i Island Little Fire Ant control."

Presentations will be made by:

  • Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council

  • Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine Branch

  • Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Plant Pest Control Branch

  • Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife

  • Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources

  • Department of Health, Vector Control Branch

  • University of Hawai‘i, Invasive Species Committees

  • University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Ant Lab

More information on the briefing can be found on the hearing notice:


For questions about the informational briefing, contact the Office of Senator Mike Gabbard at 808-586-6830.

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