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$39 million plan aims to prevent spread of invasive species

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HONOLULU (AP) - The state has proposed a $39 million biosecurity plan to be implemented over the next decade that seeks to bolster its fight against invasive species.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the plan unveiled Wednesday outlines ways to combat invasive species in Hawaii and prevent new ones from reaching the islands. The state Department of Agriculture spent a year creating the proposal with help from state, federal and county agencies.

Much of the plan focuses on measures to ensure invasive species aren't brought to Hawaii from other parts of the world. It calls for new technology to help officials determine which shipments coming into the state are more likely to have invasive species and suggests the creation of new inspections facilities.

The plan is scheduled for public hearings next month.

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