You can help protect Tasmania

​​​​​​​​​​Fruit fly was detected in Tasmania in early​ 2018. There are many things you can do to help protect Tasmania from further fruit fly incursions which pose a major threat to our industries, economy, environment and our way of life.

 Fruit fly photograph: James Niland

  

You can help protect our state from fruit fly by followin​​g these simple guidelines:


​​​Fruit fly was detected in northern Tasmania in January 2018.  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.

​​Control Area - To restrict movement of fruit fly and to protect markets for growers outside the affected area, Biosecurity Tasmania has established temporary Control Areas with a 15km minimum radius around initial detection points. 

Host produce cannot move from inside a Control Area to outside without adhering to appropriate treatment protocols. 

Infecte​d Area - To restrict movement of fruit fly and to protect markets for growers outside the affected area, Biosecurity Tasmania has established temporary Infected Areas with a 1.5km minimum radius around initial detection points. 

Within these areas, conditions apply to the movement of fruit fly host produce, including home-grown, foraged and shop-bought produce, which cannot be moved outside these Infected Areas. 

This map shows the Control Areas in the north of the state and by clicking through you will also see the Infected Areas. If you live in or are travelling to these parts of Tasmania please ​abide by the following:
  • Do NOT move host produce from inside a Control Area to outside of a Contro​l Area.
  • Do NOT move host produce from inside an Infected Area to outside of an Infected Area.
  • Obey all signs and use the quarantine disposal bins provided when leaving the Control  Areas.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of fruit fly​ and report suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
Biosecurity Tasmania has advised that as of 1 October, Control Area restrictions have changed to enable growers to sell their produce within the Control Areas.

What being in a Control Area means for residents:
  • Do NOT move host produce from inside a Control Area to outside a Control Area
  • From 1 October you CAN: 
    • Move home-grown host produce from your property (give away or sell), as long as it does not leave a 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 an 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 a Control/Infected Area and transport it home – but you cannot then transport it outside an Infected Area.
  • Please ensure all rotten, fallen or remains of host produce are double-bagged prior to placing in general waste.
  • Do not compost host produce inside an Infected Area.
  • Report all suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
​Your assistance is directly supporting and protecting Tasmanian farmers, growers and communities. All eradication and monitoring actions are designed to eradicate fruit fly, maintain Tasmania’s Fruit Fly Free status and maintain our export markets.




Contact

Fruit Fly Hotline
Report any suspected fruit fly to Biosecurity Tasmania
Phone: (03) 6165 3774

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