Heightened vessel surveillance for AGM commenced on 9 January 2017 in Australian ports while 1 March 2017 marks the start of the period identified as the "AGM risk period" in Western Canadian ports.
AGM is an exotic pest with established populations only in countries in Asia Pacific, such as Russia, China, Korea, and Japan. If introduced in countries where it does not exist naturally, it has the potential to seriously affect the country's agricultural and forest resources. Adult moths frequently lay their egg masses on vessels and shipping containers, and since these egg clusters often survive to hatch at ports of call around the world, exclusion efforts are considered a priority by many local port authorities.
Countries currently known to regulate and inspect arriving vessels for AGM are: the United States (US), Canada, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.
Detailed information can be found by following the links below:
Asian Gypsy Moth - it's that time of year again - Gard Alert, 28 February 2017
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