QFF Pest Free Area status reinstated for Northern Tasmania Control Area
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted. The restrictions were put in place in early 2018 following the discovery of QFF in Tasmania.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
Control Area restrictions were officially lifted 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 with the Australian Government who are seeking reopening of markets.
Biosecurity Tasmania will now return to normal fruit
fly monitoring and reporting activities on mainland Tasmania, which
includes regular checking of the trapping grid across the State as a
general surveillance tool.
Restrictions remain for Furneaux Group of Islands
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 continuation of the Control Area restrictions on the Furneaux Group of Islands and the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron.
The Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.
Timely reminder to be vigilant about fruit fly
It is to be expected that Tasmania's biosecurity systems and processes will yield detections of fruit fly from time to time. Recently a larvae was detected by a member of the public in an imported nectarine. A larvae has also been detected in an imported mango by inspectors as part of normal biosecurity border checks in Devonport. Neither of these detections affect Tasmania's recently reinstated Pest Free Status.
These incidents highlight the importance of ongoing vigilance about the pest, and show that biosecurity controls are working effectively.
Everyone must continue to obey Tasmania’s strict rules and regulations about not bringing fruit fly host produce into the State. Fines may apply.
Queensland fruit fly remains an ongoing threat. To retain Tasmania’s Pest Free Area status, everyone is asked to remain on the lookout for any signs of fruit fly and report any suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3774.