THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has yet to establish the extent of damage on dalo leaves caused by the invasive American iguana species.
Authority chief executive officer Wasiki Gonemaituba said there were reports of American iguanas feeding on young dalo leaves but the extent was yet to be established.
"We are not sure whether large numbers of iguana are feeding on the young dalo leaves or if it was just one or two iguanas found feeding on these leaves," Mr Gonemaituba said.
"Apart from the Biosecurity Emergency Areas for American iguana (Qamea, Matagi, Taveuni and Laucala Island) there is no concrete evidence on the presence of American iguana in other parts of Fiji," Mr Gonemaituba said.
He said the American Iguana eradication program had progressed well.
"Over the past two years BAF has undertaken a number of initiatives in this area some of which includes awareness and training for communities on Qamea, Matagi, Laucala and Taveuni."
BAF also appointed temporary biosecurity officers on these islands to conduct monitoring and surveillance gathering and to also submit data on sighted, captured and non-captured iguanas.
The officers are also listing nesting sites of American iguanas and are assisting with euthanasia.
"For 2013, BAF has received some funds from the government which will accelerate our eradication efforts," Mr Gonemaituba said.