Invasive Exotic Species Strategic Action Framework

Goal 1: Prevent the Introduction of Invasive Exotic Species

PRIORITY STRATEGIES

Strategy 1A1: Identify pathways and prioritize potential threats and invasive exotic species.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • Prioritize species by assessment (horizon scanning) of potential ecological, economic, and human health risk.
    • Assemble a multi-agency/multi-disciplinary (technical/advisory) work group to conduct the following prevention efforts:
      • Define needed research on nonnative species and their impacts to adequately inform prioritization efforts.
      • Determine invasion pathways and risks.
      • Review and evaluate predictive screening/risk assessment methods for the prevention of new species introductions.
      • The Work Group would inform and share information with the BTAG-type group, agencies, etc.

Strategy 1B1: Enhance and improve the pathway inspection/screening process.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • Implement predictive screening/risk assessment methods for assessing potential harm of introduction of exotic species
    • Assemble Biological Threat Advisory Group (BTAG)-type group based on USDA/CBP/FDACS port risk model on recognized threats/known commodities to relay recommendations from work group
  • Increase first detector training
  • Increase capacity for regulatory inspections
  • Increase detector dog program at ports
  • Implement better state-to-state and international screening for USPS and other mailing and delivery providers
  • Develop a process/mechanism to capture importation information by species entering state of Florida