The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. One adult beetle was collected from a survey trap at Highway 6, Sheguindah, Manitoulin Island, as part of the national detection survey for EAB. Movement restrictions, which prohibit the movement of all ash materials - such as logs, branches and wood chips - and all species of firewood from the affected site, have been put in place. Property owners in the affected area have been notified of these restrictions. Further regulatory measures are being considered. The CFIA will work with affected stakeholders and First Nations communities in the area, as well as federal, provincial, and municipal governments, towards slowing the spread of EAB.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present only in some areas of Ontario and Québec, and is subject to official control in Canada.
Additional information is available on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca/pests or by calling 1-866-463-6017.