Fruit fly was detected in Tasmania in early 2018. The Government, industry and the community have worked hard to control and eradicate this pest from our state.
Fruit fly poses a real threat to our industries, economy, environment and our way of life.
Every Tasmanian can help protect our state from a fruit fly outbreak by following these simple guidelines
Fruit fly was detected in northern Tasmania in January 2018 and the Government, industry and the community have since worked hard to eradicate this pest. Part of the control and eradication actions included the declaration of temporary Control Areas and Infected Areas enforcing restrictions on host produce moving in and out of these areas.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have now been lifted.
Control Area and Infected Area restrictions were officially lifted in northern Tasmania 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.
Restrictions remain for the Furneaux Group
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 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. The Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.
- To restrict movement of fruit fly and to protect markets for growers outside the affected area, Biosecurity Tasmania has established a temporary Control Area with a 15 km minimum radius around the initial detection point.
Host produce cannot move from inside the Control Area to outside without adhering to appropriate treatment protocols.
- To restrict movement of fruit fly and to protect markets for growers outside the affected area, Biosecurity Tasmania has established a temporary Infected Area with a 1.5 km minimum radius around the detection point at Lady Barron.
Within this area, conditions apply to the movement of fruit fly host produce, including home-grown, foraged and shop-bought produce, which cannot be moved outside this Infected Area.
This map shows the Control Area of the Furneaux Group of Islands, and by clicking through you will also see the map for the Infected Area at Lady Barron. If you live in or are travelling to the Furneaux Group of Islands please abide by the following:
Do NOT move host produce from inside the Control Area to outside of the Control Area.
Do NOT move host produce from inside the Infected Area to outside of the Infected Area.
- Returning residents and visitors CANNOT bring fruit fly host produce into the Control Area from mainland Australia locations.
Obey all signs and use the quarantine disposal bins provided when leaving the Control Area.
Be on the lookout for signs of fruit fly and report suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
Living in the Control Area or Infected Area
Do I live in the Control Area or Infected Area?
The Control Area encompasses the entire Furneaux Group of Islands. Maps of the Control Area and the Infected Area can be found in the formal
declaration documents, in this
map summary document or by clicking on the map above.
What being in the Control Area means for residents:
Do NOT move host produce from inside the Control Area to outside the Control Area
Move home-grown host produce from your property (give away or sell), as long as it does not leave the Control Area.
Dispose of fruit as normal – double-bagging is no longer required.
Compost fruit in the Control Area.
If you live in an Infected Area further restrictions apply.
What being in the Infected Area means for residents:
You can consume home-grown host produce at home.
Do NOT move, give away or sell host produce from your property unless cooked or processed.
Cut-up fruit can be moved from your property if it is to be consumed, e.g. - in lunch boxes - with remains double-bagged.
You can buy host produce from retailers within the Control/Infected Area and transport it home – but you cannot then transport it outside the Infected Area.
Please ensure all rotten, fallen or remains of host produce are double-bagged prior to placing in general waste.
NOT compost host produce inside the Infected Area.
Report all suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
What is fruit fly ‘host produce’?
Most types of fruit, including some produce commonly referred to as vegetables, can host Queensland fruit fly. Host produce includes, but is not limited to, apples, apricots, avocadoes, bananas, blackberries, capsicum, cherries, chillies, eggplant, figs, grapefruit, grapes, limes, mangoes, mulberries, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, quince, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes.
Please see the complete fruit fly host produce list
Can I buy and take home host produce from a store that is within the Control Area or Infected Area?
Yes. Host produce purchased in retail stores has met biosecurity requirements. You can take store-bought host produce anywhere within the Control Area, BUT you cannot take it out of the Control Area.
Yes. Host produce purchased in retail stores has met biosecurity requirements. You can take store-bought host produce anywhere within the Infected Area, BUT you cannot take it out of the Infected Area.
Can I take cooked or cut host produce outside the Control Area or Infected Area?
Yes. Host produce that has been processed (cooked, preserved, cut up in a salad or sliced in a sandwich), can be transported outside the Control Area and Infected Area.
If I live in the Control Area or Infected Area, can I eat my home-grown host produce at home?Yes. There is no restriction for eating your home-grown host produce at home. If you are in the Infected Area, the remains should be double-bagged.
How can I safely dispose of uneaten, rotten or fallen host produce in the Control Area or Infected Area?
Dispose of host produce as normal – double-bagging is no longer required - but if you think the fruit might be infested with fruit fly, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania adding on the Fruit Fly Hotline immediately.
To assist in preventing the spread of fruit fly it is suggested that within the Infected Area, you double-bag any uneaten host produce including apple cores and vegetable scraps, in sealed plastic bags before putting it in a general waste bin.
What is double-bagging?
Double-bagging means putting host produce in one plastic bag and sealing it, then placing that sealed bag in a second plastic bag and again sealing the bag. You can then dispose of the double-bagged host produce in general waste bins.
Can I compost host produce at home?
No, fruit fly larvae can survive the composting process. A suggested option is to keep any host fruit waste separate from other green waste and to double-bag and dispose of it in the general waste bin.
Can I feed host produce remains to small animals, such as chickens?
Can pips be affected by fruit fly?No, just the flesh of the host produce is affected.
When leaving the Control Area is there a place I can dispose of host produce if I need to?Yes. Signs will alert you to when you are about to leave the Control Area. The signs will ask you to dispose of host produce in the disposal bins provided at that location. Disposal bins are emptied regularly.
Can I enter the Control Area with fruit fly host produce?Yes, but once inside the Control Area, it cannot be taken back out. Signs will alert you to when you are about to enter the Control Area.