THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji is out to rectify what's been described as a mistake by Australia for listing Fiji as a port from which Giant African Snails (GAS) originate.
The authority says the development has resulted in tighter quarantine regulations towards Fiji.
Authority CEO Elvis Silvestrini said confusion had come about after transhipped cargo going through Fiji was intercepted in Australia with a GAS on board.
"We have raised that at a quarantine level and at a biosecurity level with our counterparts in Australia. We have also raised it at a diplomatic level, so they are all issues that we are looking at," he said.
"We do not have GAS in Fiji nor ever have."
Mr Silvestrini said there had been a number of cases this year where GAS had been intercepted in containers coming into Fiji ports with the latest case recorded last week.
Attorney-General and Minister for Trade Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji had been listed as a GAS country after picking up GAS that had come from a different port.
"It did not emanate in Fiji and that is unfortunate that Australia still lists Fiji as GAS country," he said.
Mr Silvestrini also said there was a current program with the New Zealand Ministry of Forestry and Fishery to assist with technology to help identify pests intercepted by BAF.
"It basically gives us the skills and technology to be able to look at an interception of a pest and if we are not able to identify it ourselves, then we are able to take a snapshot and transmit the image to other countries in the region to help us identify the pest," he said.