ANIMAL AND FISH SMUGGLING A WORRY FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 30, 2001 - NAUFM/PINA Nius Online)---Western province could pose a danger to the rest of Papua New Guinea as a result of the trading of fish, birds, other animals and plants from neighboring West Papua and Australia, quarantine officials say.

The National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority has received reports of the trading of flora and fauna and a quarantine officer has been dispatched to the area to investigate the situation.

Chief Veterinarian Illagi Puana says while treaties that allow some amount of traditional trade, the activities apparently going on in Western province appear illegal.

Puana said the authority is seeking the assistance of the Office of Environment and Conservation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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