Ducks in Taro for Snail Control

Shipping to Hawaii


Ducks

Ducklings or duck hatching eggs cannot be sent to Hawaii. The state government is afraid that domestic ducks will cross with Hawaii's native Koloa ducks. There is evidence that the Koloa has crossed with imported or migratory Mallard ducks but there is no evidence that any domestic ducks have crossed with the Koloa. But as domestic ducks all originate from the Mallard duck, the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife has banned the importation of all ducks or duck eggs without a special research permit.

Ducks are important to Hawaii, as they are the best method of controlling non-native Apple Snails in the native taro farms. John Metzer attended a roundtable session in Honolulu titled "Duck Issues for Apple Snail Control in Lo'I Kalo in Hawaii" in January of 2005. Also attending were representatives of the taro industry, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

An interesting article was written in the March, 2005 issue of National Geographic on invasive species and it shows Gladys Kanoa, a past customer of ours, and her (our) ducks. She uses them to control the non-native apple snails on her taro farm.

You can download the complete Strategic Statewide Apple Snail Control Plan for Hawaii for a comprehensive description of the snail problem in Hawaii.

To read their recommendations on how to use ducks to control snails in Hawaii, download the Hawaii Duck Protocol.

Geese, Turkeys, and Guineas

Goslings, poults, and keets can be shipped to Hawaii but only by air freight. The Hawaiian government wants to prevent the entry of West Nile virus and other diseases into Hawaii. Therefore we must obtain a permit before entry into Hawaii and birds must be inspected in Honolulu upon arrival. We can obtain the permit for you for a $25 fee.

Shipping by air freight to Hawaii is not inexpensive. In addition a flight must be arranged from Honolulu to your island if you are not located on Oahu. Please contact us for these procedures and freight quotes.

For information from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, phone their Quarantine Branch at 808-832-0566.

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