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Under strict watch

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, February 13, 2014

AIRPORTS and wharves will be strictly monitored to prevent people from moving American iguanas from infested islands.

And the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) reiterated that transporting of American iguanas incur a penalty of $40,000 for an individual and $200,000 for corporate bodies.

The stern warning follows another six months extension of the Declaration of Biosecurity Emergency Areas of the American iguana.

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said the Biosecurity Emergency Declaration on American iguana had been put in place to control the spread of the pest.

Mr Khan said the declaration prohibited people or any individual to move, transport or carry the American iguana at any stage (eggs, juvenile and adults) from Qamea, Taveuni and Matagi to other parts of Fiji or between these islands.

"BAF has an MOU with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and we will be seeking help of the maritime officers to strengthen monitoring and surveillance on movement of American iguana from the infested islands.

"Last month, we launched the Biosecurity short code 5995 specifically for American iguana to allow all people enquiring or providing information on the pest to easily contact us," he said.