Proposed revision to D-95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar, Lymantria albescens, Lymantria postalba, Lymantria umbrosa). Language(s): English and French. Number of pages: 12 and 13
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing an update to its Directive D-95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian gypsy moth to reflect the changes proposed to specified risk periods (SRPs) as noted in the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) "Position Document on Asian gypsy moth (AGM) specified risk periods in Japan, Russia, Republic of Korea and China". The CFIA's proposed changes are based on the scientific and technical analysis conducted by the Asian gypsy moth (AGM) Expert Group of NAPPO, which includes the CFIA as one of its members.
The NAPPO AGM Expert Group has reviewed the Specified Risk Periods (SRPs) for the AGM species complex in all AGM-regulated countries (China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russia). Following an evaluation of available data and discussions with impacted AGM-regulated countries, revisions to the SRPs are proposed for Japan and Russia and include:
· Adjusting the SRP regions and extending the SRP start and end dates for some regions in Japan.
· Extending the SRP start and end dates in Russia.
· Reducing the total number of specified risk periods from six to four.
Countries in which a marine shipping industry operates will be the most affected as any vessels destined to Canada that called on ports in Japan, far-east Russia, China and the Republic of Korea during the Specified Risk Period for Asian gypsy moth will need to comply with the revised SRP dates. AGM-regulated countries will be the most affected as their inspection and certification bodies will need to adjust to accommodate increased workload due to the expansion of the SRPs in far east Russia and Japan.
Based on available data, there are no changes to the SRPs for the Republic of Korea or China at this time.
For vessels which call on ports in North America, the revision to the SRPs means that the time period when AGM certification is required for vessels that have called on ports in Japan and Russia has been increased/lengthened. Implementation of changes to the SRPs is planned to begin in 2022.
By November 2021, the CFIA will finalize the update to directive D-95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian gypsy moth to reflect the changes to the SRPs.