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Giant snail threat

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, December 06, 2012

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is working with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (NZ MPI) to manage exotic pests such as the Giant African Snail which is a serious biosecurity concern for Fiji.

The authority also plans to introduce the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) to manage quarantine risks associated with sea containers at the port of loading.

The latest interception of Giant African Snail was made this week on a vessel from Noumea bound for New Zealand. The interception was the second at Fiji's borders in the past four months.

Departing BAF chief executive Elvis Silvestrini said shipping containers were transport mediums for exotic pests and diseases.

He said insects could hitchhike attached to the surfaces of containers or located in the many nooks and crevices on a shipping container.

"These containers, by and large, will not require any additional cleaning or fumigation in the port of arrival. Additionally, as confidence in the cleaning process increases there will be reduction in the on-arrival inspections too," Mr Silvestrini said in a statement.


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