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Brown updates Rotary on Port

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - While she went before the Rotary Club of Guam to give updates on the Port's modernization efforts, general manager Joanne Brown continued to address questions over black widow spiders found aboard the Green Ridge vessel earlier this month.

Just as she responded to Guam Federation of Teachers president Tim Fedenko's concerns, Brown told Rotarians that the Port has not found any evidence of black widow spiders in the yard as a result of the Green Ridge vessel. "To my understanding I spoke to (Department of Agriculture Entomologist) Dr. Russell Campbell, yesterday he says black widow spiders have been coming into Guam for number of years and this particular one is highlighted and understandably so especially with issues on invasive species and no we don't, we found these orb weaver spiders that are found in your back yard and we certainly will be very vigilant and if there's any evidence that that is the case we will move very quickly to respond to it," she explained.

Brown met the Port Users Group this afternoon to discuss the matter along with steps and actions that need to be taken at sea to do further inspections on vessels and cargo. As for GFT concerns, Brown stated that the Port has responded to every official notification concerning spiders and that safety procedures are in place at the port for incidents like the Green Ridge.
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