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Technical Note: Using QGIS to Detect Georeferencing Errors in an Online MySQL Database


ABSTRACT The Guam Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Eradication Project uses an online MySQL database to keep track of trapping data and observations. Point locations for traps and observations are stored as decimal degrees in fields for latitude and longitude. This note describes use of QGIS, an open source geographical information system, to find points which do not lie within Guam's shoreline. A QGIS plugin named eVis is used to connect to the online MySQL database to download and visualize georef-rerenced trap and observation data. A QGIS project and associated data which demonstrate the methods can be downloaded from

To read more, see the attached PDF.


Hawaii Invasive Species Council Resolution 12-1 Supports the Micronesia Biosecurity Plan


Resolution No. 12-1


See for the full resolution.

According to the Record of Decision for the Guam Military Buildup, the Navy planned to release the MBP for public review during March 2011.


Micronesia Biosecurity Plan Documents on MCES Web Site

Some documents about the Micronesia Biosecurity Plan have been made available on a web page put together for the 17th Micronesian Chief Executive Summit at:

Look near the bottom of the page.


KUAM News Story: Rhino beetle infestation spreading

Ken Quintenilla, KUAM News, February 16, 2012: Rhino beetle infestation spreading

Guam Rhino Beetle Stars in Political Cartoon

I have my Google Alerts to send me email whenever "Guam" and "rhino beetle" are found on new web pages. Today, I got an alert with an unusual title "A vote for the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse is a vote for Guam". Apparently, a political cartoonist in Chicago has included our beloved rhino beetle and brown treesnake in his cartoons. Follow this link to see the full story by Erin Thompson at Guam Pacific News. 

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Micronesia Biosecurity Plan Nears Completion

A January 18, 2012 article in the Palau newspaper, Island Times, is entitled "Micronesia Biosecurity Plan Nears Completion". The article features quotes from Fred Sengebau, Director of the Palau Bureau of Agriculture.  Sengebau said that the plan will contain recommendations for strengthening biosecurity – preventing invasive species – for all of Micronesia, including Palau.

The MBP was initiated by the US Navy to mitigate an expecting increase in arrival and spread of invasive species in Micronesia as a consequence of the Guam military buildup. The Navy referred to the MBP in the environmental impact statement for the buildup, but it was not released for public comment prior to the record of decision (ROD). In the ROD, the Navy made the following commitment.  "MBP development will continue after the ROD with the APHIS, USGS, and SERC Risk Assessment and Biosecurity Plans anticipated in December 2010 for review by DoN and NISC. The Final MBP is anticipated in March 2011 and will be made available for public review."  

The Navy currently anticipates release of the MBP in March 2012.

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