Island quarantine – prevention is better than cure

While there is currently an international focus on the eradication of introduced invasives (particularly rodents), it is easy to forget that usually the easiest, cheapest and often the only way to avoid the significant impacts that invasives can have on an island ecosystem, is to prevent them getting to the island in the first place. There are numerous examples of “near misses”, where rodents in particular have made it onto islands or have only failed to do so by sheer luck. That these incidents did not result in the establishment of the predators can only be put down to good fortune. It is vital that in future, precautions are put into place that mean that we don’t rely on luck to keep islands free of introduced species.

Author McClelland, P. J.
Year 2002
Secondary title International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives
Publisher IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group
Pages 409-410
Region NZ