The bulletin published the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) states that they have received warnings of high population levels of AGM in in some countries regulated for AGM.
AGM populations are found in the far East of Russia, Japan, South Korea and China which are classed as high-risk areas. They are an invasive species to the US and Canada which the USDA and CFIA closely regulate. Vessels that have visited a high-risk area during flight season (25May – 30 September depending on region) in the previous 24 months are required to have a valid freedom from AGM certificate.
Valid certificates are issued by approved inspection companies prior to departing the high-risk area. A copy of USDA & CFIA bulletin can be read here.
North’s AGM Loss Prevention briefing has been updated with the latest information on high risk areas and flight seasons. Read it here.