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

Northern Tasmanian Control Area

The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania were officially lifted at 12.01 am, Wednesday 9 January 2019. This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce has resumed for mainland Tasmania.

Furneaux Group of Islands​

Following the detection of a single adult male Queensland fruit fly at Lady Barron in December 2018 biosecurity response operations are continuing on Flinders Island, with the goal of eradicating fruit fly from the Island.

This detection of fruit fly has resulted in the Control Area restrictions on the Furneaux Group of Islands, together with the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron continuing through until March 2019 - pending no further detections.

Due to no further detections at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island since January 2018, Infected Area restrictions have also now been lifted for these areas. 

​See the Fruit Fly section of this website for further information:

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 is present at low levels in Tasmania -​ currently six properties (including two December 2018 detections).

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.

Ongoing surveys are part of this program.

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