You can help protect Tasmania from future fruit fly incursions
There are many things you can do to help protect Tasmania from 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 further fruit fly incursions 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.
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area restrictions for the Furneaux Group of Islands and Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron on Flinders Island have now been lifted.
Restrictions were officially lifted on Saturday 30 March 2019. This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce for Flinders Island can now resume.
Following the earlier lifting of restrictions for northern Tasmania on 9 January 2019, the lifting of restrictions on Flinders Island now means that the whole of Tasmania has returned to its previous Pest Free Area Status.
Routine biosecurity measures will continue around the State that all contribute to protecting Tasmania from introduced pests and diseases, including:
- Regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trap network across the State
- Imposing strict requirements for the import of produce before it enters the State
- Conducting targeted inspections of produce as it enters the State
- Checking passengers, luggage, freight and mail at the border
Tasmania's biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Your help in being vigilant and obeying the strict import requirements is essential to protecting our industries, economy, environment and our way of life from the consequences of unwanted pest and disease incursions.