Tasmanian Fruit Fly Strategy 2017-2050
Since the detection of Queensland fruit fly in Tasmania in early 2018, a range of response measures have been implemented towards the goal of eradicating fruit fly, lifting control area restrictions and seeking market access reinstatement.
Once reinstated, Tasmanian fruit producers’ access to premium export markets will be further supported by this long-term strategy, Maintaining Tasmania’s freedom from fruit fly: A strategy for the future 2017-2050.
Central to the strategy is the continued protection for Tasmania from pest fruit flies through to 2050, and is a key biosecurity commitment contained in the Agri-Food Plan.
Facing challenges posed by projected climate change accompanied by changes to tourism and to export and import volumes, the strategy identifies a number of key areas for future action:
- Investigating climate risks and opportunities for Tasmania
- Alternative treatments for fruit fly host materials
- Investigating the value of pest free properties and places as part of managing risk as well as value in managing incursions
- Use of sterile insect techniques in the eradication or control of populations
- Continue development of strong industry partnerships
- Review the management arrangements for national Codes of Practice for Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly to ensure they remain suitable for Tasmania.
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