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28 adult snails and 500 eggs found onboard MV Coral Islander

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) intercepted has 28 Adult Giant African Snails and approximately 500 eggs onboard the MV Coral Islander. The cargo vessel was coming from Honiara, Solomon Islands transiting through the Kings Wharf in Suva outbound to Tarawa, Kiribati. This is the largest Quarantine and Biosecurity Operation in Fiji in history and some […]

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji

April 24, 2016 1:15 pm

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) intercepted has 28 Adult Giant African Snails and approximately 500 eggs onboard the MV Coral Islander.

A giant African snail (Achatina fulica). (BAF)
A giant African snail (Achatina Fulica). (BAF)

The cargo vessel was coming from Honiara, Solomon Islands transiting through the Kings Wharf in Suva outbound to Tarawa, Kiribati.

This is the largest Quarantine and Biosecurity Operation in Fiji in history and some of the Giant African Snail eggs were ready for hatched. BAF Entomologist who carried out the pest identification confirmed this.

The Giant African Snail is one of the largest and most damaging land snail pests and it is classified as one of the world’s top 100 invasive species.

  • A major agricultural pest.
  • Also, pose a risk to human health.
  • Eats 500 different plant species.
  • One snail can lay 1,200 eggs in a year.

The cargo offloaded from the MV Coral Islander will be fumigated while the vessel will be treated.

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