Current Biosecurity Responses and Alerts

​​​​​​Soft-shell clam

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.​

Anyone finding what they suspect to be a soft-shell clam are encouraged to contact DPIPWE by telephone on 03 6165 3777 or email:​

Supplying a photograph of the suspected soft-shell clam would assist in identification.

Visit the soft-shell clam webpage for more information:

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.

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. As part of ongoing surveillance undertaken by the Department, blueberry rust was detected on a fifth property in May 2018.

Because of the low likelihood of success of eradication, the scale of the current incursion, the impact on growers of an eradication effort and other factors, a management strategy has been implemented focussed on reducing the risk of movement of the disease and working with local industry to meet requirements to enable ongoing market access where blueberry rust import requirements are in place.

The ongoing surveys are part of this program.

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

More information on blueberry rust

National Biosecurity Response Status