The study of invasive species has gained broad attention from ecologists, government agencies and the public due to the potential negative economical, ecological and environmental impact that these may cause. The DNER has taken the first steps towards preventing species invasions and controlling invasive species established in Puerto Rico (Regulation No. 6765). However, these actions have fallen short, and species invasions on the island continue on the rise. Invasive species are a latent threat to Puerto Rico’s biodiversity in general, as expressed in the Puerto Rico State Wildlife Action Plan, and to the wildlife and sport fish resources on the island. Therefore, there is a need to identify threats posed by introduced non-native and invasive species to the wildlife and sport fish resources.
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The Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) is the executive department of the Government of Puerto Rico tasked with protecting, conserving, developing, and managing the natural resources of the islands.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) works with states, insular areas and the District of Columbia to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is an agency of the federal government within the U.S. Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The mission of the agency is “working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the people.