Turks and Caicos Islands

The JNCC database lists 25 introduced species for the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Problems with invasive non-native species

The native Caicos pine Pinus caribaea var. bahamiensis has been widely infected with introduced Pine tortoise scale Toumeyella parvicornis and research is underway into methods of control. Native reptiles are threatened through direct predation by cats and dogs and by competition for food and nest trampling by goats, cows, donkeys and horses (Varnham 2006). As with other Caribbean Overseas Territories Lionfish Pterois volitans are posing a major threat.

Priority invasive non-native species and actions

In response to the large scale loss of the endemic Caicos pine to Pine tortoise scale a project to build capacity and awareness to save the national tree of the TCI (TCI 703) and funded by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) was initiated in April 2010.

In 2010 the UK Government funded, via the JNCC, a Lionfish Control Project which aimed to raise public awareness, purchase control equipment, promote Lionfish as a food, carry out population studies and support the funding of a Lionfish Tournament.

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