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Iguana Fight Begins

106 soldiers left for Qamea yesterday to be part of Operation Vakayavu Iguana. The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said they had completed
24 Feb 2015 10:15
Iguana Fight Begins

106 soldiers left for Qamea yesterday to be part of Operation Vakayavu Iguana.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said they had completed their training with Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) on the culling of iguana.

Colonel Qiliho said the soldiers were carrying with them 12 gange shotguns. They would spend 14 days on Operation Vakayavu Iguana and would travel to Laucala and Matagi.

Meanwhile the 18-member reconnaissance team that was already at Qamea have since caught and killed two adult and four juvnile iguanas on the island.

Colonel Qiliho said they hoped to cull all iguanas on the three islands within the 14 days they were given.

“The soldiers will camp at Qamea and would use the shot-guns if needed,” he said.

According to Nature Fiji, the American iguana (Iguana iguana), more commonly known as the green iguana, was first sighted in Fiji in 2000, on Qamea in Cakaudrove province.

In 2009, iguanas were reported to be present on Laucala Island, Matagi Island and Taveuni Island.

The following year, it was reportedly brought into Viti Levu from Taveuni.

The American iguana, native to South America, was allegedly brought into Fiji by a foreign national.

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