Current Biosecurity Responses and Alerts

​​​​Fruit Fly


Fruit fly has been detected in Tasmania and poses a significant threat to the State’s horticultural industry.

As a result the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment has formally declared Infected Areas and Control Areas, and control, surveillance and eradication activities are continuing.

See the Fruit Fly section of this website for:

  • More information on fruit fly, including a comprehensive list of host plants
  • Updates on the fruit fly response
  • Links to details and maps of Infected Areas and Control Areas
  • Specific information for industry and the community
  • Details and application forms for the industry assistance package.
Report any suspected signs of fruit fly to Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3774.

Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS)

Since detection in 2016, Biosecurity Tasmania and the Tasmanian oyster industry have been working together to manage the effects of this disease, including the appointment of a designated oyster biosecurity officer.

Biosecurity Tasmania continues to undertake structured testing and surveillance programs in POMS-free areas to monitor their status.

To protect the Tasmanian oyster industry, a statewide Control Area declaration is in place restricting the movement of oysters, animal materials and conveyances used in the production of oysters.

Movement Permits are required for any movements of live oysters or oyster equipment throughout Tasmania.

More information on the current situation with Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS)

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​Blueberry Rust

Blueberry rust was found on a North-West property in August 2016 and was identified on two smaller nearby properties in March 2017. Blueberry rust was detected on one property in the Kentish Municipality in October 2017.

Because the incursion is of a much larger scale than a previous one eradicated in 2015, a containment and ongoing management strategy was adopted to address the disease through the growing season.

The focus of the management approach is reducing the risk of further movement of the disease, and working with local industry to meet requirements to enable interstate market access.

The Department will continue to work closely with blueberry industries as well as interstate authorities to maintain future domestic market access.

More information on blueberry rust

National Biosecurity Response Status