Timely reminder to be vigilant about fruit fly
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) larvae has been detected by a member of the public in an imported nectarine. This has highlighted the importance of ongoing vigilance about the pest.
This detection is not an outbreak of the pest in Tasmania but a detection in produce from an interstate market. It doesn’t in any way affect the recently reinstated Pest Free Status.
Biosecurity Tasmania has protocols in place and this identification has triggered removal of the suspect produce from stores and an immediate investigation into the processes on the mainland that may have enabled the larvae to reach this point of the supply chain.
Full details are available in the media release.
QFF Pest Free Area status reinstated for Northern Tasmania Control Area
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted. The restrictions were put in place in early 2018 following the discovery of QFF in Tasmania.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
Control Area restrictions were officially lifted at 12.01 am, Wednesday 9 January 2019. This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce has resumed.
The valuable local and domestic trade has reopened.
Biosecurity Tasmania is working closely with the Tasmanian Government to finalise the technical information each of our trading partners need for international markets to reopen.
Biosecurity Tasmania will now return to normal fruit
fly monitoring and reporting activities on mainland Tasmania, which
includes regular checking of the trapping grid across the State as a
general surveillance tool.
Restrictions remain for Furneaux Group of Islands
A single adult Queensland fruit fly was detected at Lady Barron on Flinders Island during the ongoing surveillance program undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) late last year.
This recent detection of fruit fly has resulted in the continuation of the Control Area restrictions on the Furneaux Group of Islands and the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron, until March 2019 - pending no further detections.
The Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.
Everyone must continue to obey Tasmania’s strict rules and regulations about not bringing fruit fly host produce into the State. Fines may apply.
Queensland fruit fly remains an ongoing threat. To retain Tasmania’s Pest Free Area status, everyone is asked to remain on the lookout for any signs of fruit fly and report any suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3774.