“Cease Your Sale of a Product I’m Offering for Sale”

In recent years, the problem of invasive species has been causing economic damage. Some companies are now seeing commercial opportunities in exploiting such exotic animals and plants as valuable resources. Wilder Harrier, a dog food business, is an example of this. The company hopes to make a difference by producing dry dog food made from an exotic fish called silver carp, which is an invasive species in the United States. This fish has depleted native fish stocks and is a significant threat to the Great Lakes. The company has sold more than 10,000 bags of silver carp-based dog food and has removed 12,000 silver carp from American lakes and rivers.

Another example is the Sargass project, started by Pierre-Antoine Guibault, a Caribbean immigrant, in response to the problem of Sargassum. Sargassum is a large seaweed that has caused many problems, including suffocating resident wildlife and releasing toxic fumes. Guibault recognized the potential of Sargassum as a cardboard-like material and is currently testing Sargassum cardboard in a French laboratory.

In South Korea, a company called Star’s Tech is using Japanese starfish, another invasive species, as an ingredient in its eco-friendly deicing agent Eco-ST. The company removes extracts from the starfish’s skeletal structure, which it says makes its deicers less likely to corrode concrete and metal. The product was launched in the Korean market two years ago, and Star’s Tech is now aiming to enter Canada, the US, Europe, and Japan.

The impact and regulation of invasive species are now costing the global economy billions of dollars a year. According to the global trade protection organization International Nature Conservation Union, invasive insects alone account for more than $70 billion annually. A 2020 study predicts that the number of invasive species worldwide will increase by more than a third from 2020 to 2050. This increase is driven by increased human migration around the world. Companies like Wilder Harrier, the Sargass project, and Star’s Tech are taking a proactive approach to this problem by turning invasive species into valuable resources.

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