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Giant African Snail intercepted at the Kings wharf

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has intercepted another adult Giant African Snail (GAS) onboard MV Ngankin, Voyage 1612 from Noumea, New Caledonia transiting through Kings Wharf in Suva outbound to New Zealand. In a statement, BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Khan said the frequent interception of Giant African Snail’s  in Fiji is a concern for […]

Staff Writers

July 7, 2016 3:12 pm

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has intercepted another adult Giant African Snail (GAS) onboard MV Ngankin, Voyage 1612 from Noumea, New Caledonia transiting through Kings Wharf in Suva outbound to New Zealand.

The Giant African Snail that was found. (BAF)
The Giant African Snail that was found. (BAF)

In a statement, BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Khan said the frequent interception of Giant African Snail’s  in Fiji is a concern for the country.

KHAN: “The frequent interception of GAS at the Fijian Port is a serious concern for Fiji. BAF with the help of New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZ MPI) is working on introducing a Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) in Fiji to manage exotic pests such as Giant African Snail.”

Earlier this year, BAF had intercepted a total of 28 adult Giant African Snails and about 500 eggs also at the Kings Wharf.

The Giant African Snail has the potential to reproduce and develop a population from a single introduced snail and also ranked the second on the ‘100 worst Alien Invasive species” list.

BAF also said that the introduction of Giant African Snail will have devastating impacts on the country and that screening of all incoming cargoes and passengers is paramount.

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