Comments on: Coquis and EPA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Doris http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11739 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:06:08 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11739 Coquíes are in danger of extinction in Puerto Rico and actually two of them are already extinct – the Coquí Dorado and the Coquí Palmeado. Hawaiians don’t have to kill the Coquí frog, send all the Coquí frogs to Puerto Rico, please, we love that frog.

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By: Kookee http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11738 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 05:51:00 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11738 Lina, Have they had a ruling on the 6% hydrated lime yet?

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By: lyounes http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11737 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 16:20:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11737 Nice suggestion. What a better place for some “green” jobs? Aloha

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By: Kookee http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11736 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 15:06:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11736 “Live and Let Live” …”Only the strong survive”…build a herpetarium in the drier Kona side of the big island to raise these and other endangered frogs under a controlled environment. Jobs, real helpful research by world class biologist who I’d say would “thrive” here with our unique flora and fauna at their fingertips, and let’s not forget the diving, bring your scuba gear.

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By: Lina-EPA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11735 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:55:15 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11735 Hola from DC, Estraka

BTW–In this other EPA blog entry–http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?s=Thinking+of+Biological+integrity%27
We’re starting to have a discussion about invasives. You’re right, it is a more complex subject than that which you normaly find in blog exchanges, but I think it’s a good Greenversation which we should keep going.
Aloha.

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By: estraka http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11734 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 22:33:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11734 Aloha Lina,
It’s kind of an open ended question- philosophical and theological. But this answer can also be answered by most scientists involved in invasive species ecology and conservation, especially in Hawaii or other island ecosystems. If you’re really interested in whether or not the ecosystem can adjust in time (adapt or evolve), you should contact someone directly rather than listen to a commenter on your blog :) My opinion is that there is ample evidence that Hawaiian species would not be able to adapt quickly enough to survive such a voracious predator such as the coqui frog. many native species are highly adapted to only certain types of habitat and by either directly preying upon them, competing with them for food or even changing the habitat around them (eg by adding nutrients to the soil), a species could be decimated. But, for all you know, I could be basing my knowledge on something I made up in cyberworld :)

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By: Lina-EPA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11733 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 15:45:16 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11733 That’s a very tough question. We can’t play God, but does Mother Nature make the choice? Is the ecosystem too fragile to adjust?
I don’t know the answers. Thoughts anyone?

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By: estraka http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11732 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 20:36:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11732 It’s not just the people and the culture that makes the frogs a nuisance in Hawaii- it’s also the environment. We have a ripe environment for the coqui to proliferate beyond that which is found in PR- no predators, plentiful food items and fewer frog parasites. Hawaii’s environment also has many rare insects that will be easy prey for the frogs- unique types of insects to any other in the world including a spider species with happy faces on them and beautiful flies with elaborate designs on their wings that they use in a courtship dance. All life is sacred, but how do you choose which life is more sacred?

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By: Lina-EPA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11731 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 14:46:19 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11731 Larry,
Thanks for sharing. Since I haven’t lived the Hawaiian coquí experience, I cannot compare, but there is no doubt that the attitudes are more than oceans apart!

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By: Lina-EPA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/01/coquis-and-epa/#comment-11730 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 21:32:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=608#comment-11730 In response to some of the questions I’ve received on this blog–EPA received Hawaii’s application requesting an exemption in May, 2008. EPA published said application and opened it to public comments in the Federal Registar as of July 30, 2008. For more information, see the docket at http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0524

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