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Update on fruit fly in Tassie

Here’s an update on the detection of fruit fly in Spreyton, Tasmania from 2 February 2018.

Changes to Control Area restrictions in Spreyton

Biosecurity Tasmania has changed requirements for the movement of fruit fly host produce from within the Spreyton Control Area to the rest of Tasmania.

Only host fruit and vegetables that have been treated to an appropriate standard are to be moved from within the Control Area to outside the Control Area in Tasmania. Other changes include:

  •     roadside checks for host produce at Control Area exit points
  •     improved disposal options for commercial growers
  •     provision of treatment options consistent with the treatment protocols for all fruit imported into Tasmania.

Industry representatives have been briefed about the new requirements.

New detection on Flinders Island

Biosecurity Tasmania’s surveillance operations on Flinders Island have found a single suspected adult female fruit fly trapped within 200 metres of the first detection site at Lady Barron.

Control Areas are currently in place across the Furneaux Group of Islands, Including Flinders Island.

Further information about fruit fly can be found on the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment website.

Acknowledgement: Reproduced from notification 8/2018 issued by Biosecurity Tasmania