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Friday, 20 September 2019 | 20:00

Brown marmorated stink bug seasonal measures
Friday, September 20, 2019, Australia

In response to the rapid expansion of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) throughout Europe and North America, the [Australian Department of Agriculture] has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019–20 BMSB risk season…

…The department has also worked closely with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries on the 2019-20 measures to ensure both Australia and New Zealand’s BMSB seasonal measures are consistent across the two countries where possible.

For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, heightened biosecurity measures will apply to:
– certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries
and/or
– vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries
from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

Goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April need to be treated, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2020.

For goods that are shipped prior to 30 April and arrive after 31 May, they may be subject to intervention as required…

Throughout the season we will continue to review these measures based on detections…

(For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at [email protected])

Source: Extract from Australian Department of Agriculture guidance to seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs#what-are-the-measures-relating-to-goods)

Traffic suspension for bridge construction works
Friday, September 20, 2019, Dardanelles, Turkey

Vessel traffic in both directions in the Dardanelles will be suspended from 07:00 to 22:00 hours local time on Monday, 23 September, due to construction works of the Canakkale 1915 Bridge.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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