De­na­rau Man­ages My­nah Pop­u­la­tion

Ma­jor pest for Fiji af­fect­ing the clean­li­ness of re­sorts, nui­sance to guests: Fon­manu

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Since last Sun­day key per­son­nel from the Ho­tel and Ma­rina sites on De­na­rau is­land have un­der­gone train­ing for the con­trol of myna birds on the is­land. De­na­rau Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited through Aus­tralian based Pest IT Pty Lim­ited has com­menced the pro­gramme for the is­land.

DCL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ru­peni Fon­manu said the com­mon or In­dian myna (Acridotheres Tris­tis) had be­come a ma­jor pest for Fiji, hav­ing an im­pact of the clean­li­ness of re­sorts, be­com­ing a nui­sance to ho­tel guests and hav­ing a neg­a­tive ef­fect on Fiji’s nat­u­ral bio­di­ver­sity.

“Our plan is to train the lo­cal re­sort com­mu­nity in the de­ploy­ment of 80 traps with the end re­sult to help our en­vi­ron­ment by erad­i­cat­ing the myna with this trap­ping pro­gramme,” Mr Fon­manu said. He said the per­son­nel would then share their knowl­edge with the rest of the team within their re­spec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions. “Through the us­age of the Mini Myna Mag­net – a sci­en­tif­i­cally de­signed myna trap, the my­nas will be eth­i­cally trapped and ap­pro­pri­ately eu­thanised,” he said. He said the pro­gramme plan­ning took two years, be­fore fi­nally get­ting to the im­ple­men­ta­tion part of the project. “Given the plan­ning and un­der­stat­ing the ge­o­graph­i­cal na­ture and struc­ture on the is­land and the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions to iden­tify the var­i­ous habi­tat of the myna.”

“The ef­fec­tive­ness is re­ally based on the col­lec­tive ap­proach of the whole of De­na­rau but in say­ing that in De­na­rau we can­not work in iso­la­tion.”

Pest IT Pty Ltd di­rec­tor Peter McCarthy was con­duct­ing train­ing which ends to­mor­row. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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