|Surveillance in Solomon Islands revived during Festival of Pacific Arts|
|Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:47|
The Festival of Pacific Arts was a major gathering in which almost all the countries from the Pacific participated. Due to the nature of the event, there was a lot of movement of plant and animal products and thus a risk of introducing new pests and diseases, fruit flies in particular.
Two officers from Biosecurity and Trade Team of the Land Resources Division travelled to Solomon Islands to create awareness and assist Solomon Island quarantine officials set up a surveillance system. They set up about 40 fruit fly traps in Honiara to measure the population of fruit flies and also to trap any new species that may have been introduced during this event. The lures for these traps were CUE, Methyl Eugenol (ME) and Trimed.
Weekly servicing of the traps was conducted and specimens collected were identified to species level, with the assistance of the quarantine entomologist. Results indicated that only four economically important fruit flies were present. Other non-economically important fruit flies were also trapped. Continuous surveillance and identification of the fruit flies has indicated that no new species were introduced during the festival. Other information on fruit flies was also extracted from the trap collections.
Surveillance is continued by quarantine staff on a regular basis and traps are also maintained for continuous monitoring.