Asian Gypsy Moth season is upon us

Correspondents PICC have informed UK Club regarding the beginning of the high-risk season for Asian Gypsy Moths. All ships which have called an infested area during the period in which AGM is likely to contaminate them, especially from June to September, should be inspected and get an Inspection Certificate of Freedom from AGM before entering the NAPPO region (USA, Canada, Mexico). A vessel without AGM inspection and certificate might be refused entry to the NAPPO region, redirected to other destinations and subject to penalties.

UK Club said that during this time it could be expected that Port State inspectors would increase their efforts to prevent the spread of this invasive species, especially on the North American Continent.