When we arrived to clear in at Opua, the bio-security team had a four-legged member called Snoop. He's one of only 5 dogs in NZ trained specifically to sniff out fruit and veg; there was a big scare in Whangarei last year when two Queensland Fruit Flies were found in monitoring traps. The results of an infestation of these Australian flies could be disastrous for the New Zealand fruit industry. This year, all yachts arriving from foreign ports are being subjected to very detailed searches, with dogs being used when they are available.
|Snoop has matching life jacket and boots for work on board|
|Ensuring his nose is cold and wet - checking the fridge|
|An enthusiastic worker|
As the old proverb has it: Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.