Port of Oakland – San Francisco Port Inspection Station Tour
This tour is full. $55 / person includes lunch November 9, 2011 9 am- 4:30 pm
Port of Oakland
You’ll travel by bus from the hotel to the Port of Oakland to see the busy inspection process first hand. The Port of Oakland occupies 19 miles of waterfront on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, with about 900 acres devoted to maritime activities and another 2,600 acres devoted to aviation activities and handles over 1 M containers each year. While there you will see an inspection facility and witness cargo examinations including the canine team sniffing out suspicious cargo. In the afternoon we will travel across the bay to the San Francisco APHIS Port Inspection Station. At the Plant Inspection Station (PIS), all plant materials entering the US for propagation are inspected. The plants come to the PIS from the maritime port in Oakland, from the mail facilities, from aircargo and from the passenger terminal. Any pests (insects, disease, nematodes, weed seeds) found by CBP during its inspections are sent to the PIS for identification where there are 3 Entomologists, a Plant Pathologist/Nematologist, and a Botanist, including a world-class expert in bees, and the National CITES specialist who can talk about regulations involving trade in endangered species. Pests found on the plants inspected in the PIS are identified in the PIS. The PIS has extensive collections of seeds and insects, as well. This tour will be limited to 20 people; registration will close for this event no later than September 1, 2011. All participating individuals will need to be vetted and cleared for entry into the port and must provide the needed information (Full name, date of birth, identification number such as driver’s license or passport number) at least 60 days in advance. Once you are registered, we will contact you to obtain this information. The participants will need to show a picture ID and will be issued a visitor badge upon arrival.