In 2008 the people of Atafu atoll started having problems with yellow crazy ants. Pacific Biosecurity first heard of the problem through Monica Gruber‘s work with Eco-Oceania’s Ray Pierce in 2011 during a biodiversity survey sponsored by CEPF.
Since then we have been working with Mika Perez, the Director of Tokelau EDNRE (Department of Economic Development, Environment and Natural Resources)and the community of Atafu to reduce this problem.
Ray, Monica and Mika developed an invasive species action plan. The community on Atafu have been taking steps to manage the ants around their homes, and EDNRE have made improvements to biosecurity. However, these repeated problems with invasive ants require better long-term solutions.
Our MFAT-sponsored project is helping the people of Atafu to diminish the problem of yellow crazy ants there.