COCONUT rhinoceros beetle had been detected in Russell Islands, Central province.
The Biosecurity Solomon Islands (BSI) confirmed the detection of the killer pest in a meeting with boat owners from Central province to help stop the spread of this serious pest.
The meeting was held at the Kairos Meeting room, Hyundai Mall
“The meeting was intended to discuss how boat owners can help in stopping the spread of this serious pest.
“It is too far to fly, even from Visale, Guadalcanal, so it must have got there by canoe or boat. BSI is planning to meet with boat owners to discuss how they can cooperate to try to stop this from happening elsewhere.”
BSI would like to discuss voluntary procedures that captains and crew can use to look for hitchhiking beetles and kill them and how to ensure passengers too are not accidentally carrying beetles.
“If effective voluntary methods cannot be agreed then BSI will have to consider imposing legal restrictions on what cargoes can be carried and perhaps imposing fines on boat owners who carry beetles, even accidentally.
“BSI will also welcome canoe drivers to the meeting if the wish to attend. It is important that they too are aware of the responsibility they carry,” according to their statement.