๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฆ‹ The butterflyโ€™s ugly sister is backโ€ฆ

โ€ฆthe Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (FSMC)!

This pest, formerly known as the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM), is notorious for wreaking havoc on the environment and onboard vessels. ๐Ÿšข๐ŸŒ

Here are some key points to know about FSMC:

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ The female flight season generally runs from 1 June to 30 September, though this can vary based on geography (in Japan and Russia it can start as early as 15 May). Stay vigilant! ๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿ”

๐ŸŒ Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, and the US all have strict regulations in place to combat FSMC. Compliance is crucial โ€“ make sure youโ€™re in the loop and consult your local agents. โœ…

๐Ÿ“œ If youโ€™re calling at a port in an FSMC-regulated area during the season, your vessel requires a certificate stating it is FSMC-free at the last port visited in the high-risk area. Ensure youโ€™re certified! ๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿšข

๐Ÿ” The FSMC is known for its broad host range, affecting over 500 plant species, including oaks, maples, and many fruit trees. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ

๐ŸŒฑ Female FSMCs are capable of laying hundreds of eggs, leading to rapid population growth and widespread defoliation. ๐Ÿฅšโžก๏ธ๐Ÿ›

For detailed information about local port regulations and compliance, get in touch with our team today โฌ‡


โžก๏ธ Book a port call with Martaxelle Erussard
๐Ÿ“ž +41 (0) 22 552 0051
๐Ÿ“ฉ martaxelle@masoceans.com