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)
With the spring growing season upon us, all Tasmanians who have blueberry plants are encouraged to remain vigilant for the signs of blueberry rust.
As part of the ongoing containment strategy, the Department is currently investigating the detection of a number of blueberry rust infected plants at a small number of Tasmanian retail nurseries. The infected plants were supplied to nurseries in the north, north-west and south of the state.
Biosecurity Tasmania has worked with the outlets to remove all blueberry plants from sale at these locations until further notice and is undertaking an ongoing investigation. The outlets involved have been very proactive and supportive of the importance of this work.
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