Invasive species in the Pacific: looking under the water

06 September 2007 | News story

Invasive species do not recognise Marine Protected Area (MPA) boundaries, yet very little is done to address the problem of alien invasive species in marine protected area planning and management. In the case of an MPA, invasions can pose serious threats and lead to dramatic impacts, particularly when management is unprepared for them.To help address this issue in the western Pacific, in July 2007, IUCN co-hosted a marine invasive species survey and training workshop with the Palau National Invasive Species Committee (NISC) and in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College.
 

 


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.