Biosecurity talk headlines first official day of Western Governors meeting

  • Nainoa Thompson talks about the cultural significance of the Hokulea travels Tuesday at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Gov. David Ige addresses the audience at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser speaks about biocontrol at a roundtable discussion on biosecurity and invasive species Tuesday at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Governors listen to a roundtable discussion on biosecurity and invasive species Tuesday at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Osama El-Lissy of the USDA speaks at a roundtable discussion. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert poses a question at a roundtable discussion at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Idaho Governor Butch Otter listens to a roundtable discussion on biosecurity and invasive species Tuesday at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • 12 Governors participate in a roundtable discussion on Biosecurity and Invasive Species Tuesday at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Nainoa Thompson presents Gov.David Ige with a gift of appreciation for his efforts in sustainability at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KOHALA COAST — Governors from throughout the nation’s west on Tuesday came together for a talk on biosecurity as well as the potential for interstate collaboration on preventing and combating invasive species.