The clam is a large bivalve marine mollusc and genetic sequencing has confirmed it is Mya japonica. Soft-shell clams are native to the Northern Hemisphere, and this is the first detection of soft-shell clam in the Southern Hemisphere. The response is being managed in accordance with the National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions with nationally agreed protocols.
Supplying a photograph of the suspected soft-shell clam would assist in identification.
Visit the soft-shell clam webpage for more information: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/softshellclam
Queensland fruit fly
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions e were completely lifted on, Saturday 30 March 2019
Routine biosecurity measures continue around the State that contribute to protecting Tasmania from introduced pests and diseases, including:
- regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trap network across the State
- imposing strict requirements for the import of produce before it enters the State
- conducting targeted inspections of produce as it enters the State
- checking passengers, luggage, freight and mail at the border
If you see what you think may be signs of Queensland fruit fly contact Biosecurity Tasmania immediately on (03) 6165 3777.
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.
Biosecurity Tasmania continues to monitor reports of mortality in oysters and investigate as appropriate.
To protect the Tasmanian oyster industry, a state-wide 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)
Biosecurity Tasmania is currently investigating a detection of blueberry rust (BBR) on a small commercial blueberry farm in the north of the State.
Biosecurity Tasmania officers are currently conducting further surveys on the property and a Direction notice has been issued to restrict the movement of fruit and plant material, equipment, staff and visitors. Biosecurity Tasmania has also commenced the necessary tracing investigations.
This detection is an important reminder of the importance of ongoing blueberry rust vigilance.
If you suspect that your plants may be infected with blueberry rust please call or If you have recently purchased blueberry plants and have concerns, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777.
More information on blueberry rust