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Dead Insects Found On Japanese Car Ship

Fijian Biosecurity officers held back cargo discharged from a Japanese car-carrier yesterday after dead insects were found on a deck of the ship. Authorities suspect the dead insects could be
19 Feb 2018 11:53
Dead Insects Found On Japanese Car Ship
Brown marmorated stink bug PHOTO: Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS, Bugwood.org

Fijian Biosecurity officers held back cargo discharged from a Japanese car-carrier yesterday after dead insects were found on a deck of the ship.

Authorities suspect the dead insects could be the brown marmorated stink bugs, which recently raised fears in New Zealand, forcing the country to turn away four ships.      

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) confirmed that the vehicles held at the port would undergo appropriate risk mitigation measure before the release is granted.

The ‘Morning Menad’ was allowed to unload on Saturday at the Suva Harbour after an initial inspection cleared the ship of biosecurity threats.

But in a follow-up inspection yesterday, authorities found the dead insects.

Biosecurity teams were on high alert for both yellow and brown marmorated stink bugs since the ship arrived at 7AM on Saturday.

The inspection was based on information received from the NZ customs and biosecurity services.

Fiji’s agricultural industry contributes $451 million or nine per cent to the annual Gross Domestic Product.

Forty-seven per cent of this comes from horticulture, according to the Market Development Facility, an Australian Government funded development programme,    

Stink bugs are present in Fiji, BAF says. However the species worrying NZ poses a major threat to Fiji as well.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Facts (Wikipedia):

  •  The invasive species is native to China, Japan, the Koreas and Taiwan
  •  Adults bugs can grow to 1.7 centimeters in length and about the same in width
  •  It is considered an agricultural pest that has the potential to cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetables crops

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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