Legislature to hold biosecurity briefing

State agencies will outline efforts to prevent invasive species from entering Hawai‘i

Honolulu – The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, Chaired by Senator Mike Gabbard, the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, Chaired by Representative Nicole E. Lowen, and the House Committee on Agriculture, Chaired by Representative Richard P. Creagan, will hold a joint informational briefing to get an update on Hawai‘i's Interagency Biosecurity Plan.

The briefing will take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. in Hawai‘i State Capitol conference room 229. The Department of Agriculture will be setting up tables outside the hearing with live invasive species specimens.

The hearing will be televised live on ‘Olelo channel 49, and will be aired via tape delay on the neighbor islands. The hearing can also be watched live online at https://olelo.org/49

Link to the Biosecurity Plan: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/blog/main/biosecurityplan/

Presentations will be made by:

  • Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council

  • Department of Land and Natural Resources

  • Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Division of Aquatic Resources

  • Department of Agriculture

  • Department of Health, Vector Control Branch

  • University of Hawai‘i, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

  • Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Office of Planning

  • Department of Transportation

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