Aquatic invasive species (AIS) include species in marine and inland waters whose introductions cause or are likely to cause economic or environmental harm, and/or harm to human health. AIS are a serious problem in Hawaii, posing a significant threat to residents and visitors, as well as to Hawaii's native plants, animals, and associated native ecosystems.
The purpose of this State of Hawaii Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Management Plan is to act as a tool in which to help enhance the coordination of current management efforts, identify remaining problem areas and gaps, and recommend additional actions which are needed to effectively address AIS issues in Hawaii. The focus of this plan is the identification of feasible, cost-effective management practices to be implemented by State, Federal, county, nongovernmental, private, and volunteer entitites for the environmentally sound prevention and control of aquatic invasive species in a coordinated fashion.
To minimize the harmful ecological, economic, and human health impacts of AIS through the prevention and management of their introduction, expansion, and dispersal into, within, and from Hawai‘i.