Invasive alien species are non-native species transported to the new environment where they result to mass colonization resulting to damage to prey population, erosion of biodiversity, disruption of the ecosystem, genetic contamination, disease introduction and substantial socio-economic cost. Invasive alien species has cause 50% of global animal extinction and 48% of fish extinction (Ricciardi, 2013).
In the Philippines, Guerrero (2014) reported that of the 60 introduced freshwater fishes, 8 are invasive and 4 are potentially invasive.
The invasive species website was created to serve as repository of information pertaining to the biology of some reported invasive fishes; their perceived threats, reported sightings; strategies and interventions of concerned government agencies; and information-education campaign materials. It provides updates of the activities of the inter-agency technical working group on the containment of knifefish in Laguna de Bay as well as special events of public interest.
While initially focus on knifefish, it intends to include information on other potentially invasive species.
The website is interactive providing hotline for citizen involvement and invites contribution from the public.