Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisories
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Subscribing to get DPIPWE’s Biosecurity Advisories is the best way you can keep yourself up-to-date and fully informed about Tasmanian biosecurity issues. Our Advisories cover topics such as changes or proposed changes to Tasmania’s import regulations, animal health and welfare, plant health, forthcoming regulation reviews and opportunities for public comment, new or emerging pest/disease risks and a range of other matters related to Tasmania’s biosecurity.
A major effort is being undertaken to eradicate fruit fly from Tasmania.
(4/5/2018)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Citrus canker (Xanthomonas citri susbp citri) has recently been detected in the Northern Territory. Citrus canker is a serious disease of citrus and can have severe impacts on fruit quality and yield. Citrus canker is not harmful to people or animals.
Biosecurity Tasmania has declared citrus canker to be a List A disease under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 and has re-instated the Import Requirement on the import of Citrus plants and plant products (including leaf material and fruit) as well as agricultural equipment and machinery that may have been in contact with the disease.
Find the re-instated Import Requirement 31 on the Biosecurity Tasmania website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/plant-import-restrictions
Citrus canker has been detected in Australia previously and been successfully eradicated.
For more information on citrus canker, signs and symptoms, visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/insect-pests-and-plant-diseases/citrus-canker
Furher information can also be obtained at the Outbreak website: www.outbreak.gov.au/current-responses-to-outbreaks/citrus-canker
If you think you have seen symptoms that look like citrus canker, call the Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881
(3/5/2018)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;
Biosecurity Tasmania wish to advise that existing Import Requirement 2 in relation to fruit fly host product entering Tasmania has been modified to ensure risk produce is fumigated at a higher temperature.This is being implemented as a precautionary measure in a bid to further mitigate risk under current unusual Queensland fruit fly pressure.This requirement along with others related to fruit fly risk mitigation will continue to be reviewed as per routine practice to ensure requirements are appropriate to the risk.The revised Import Requirement 2 - Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide is effective as of 2 March 2018Details can be found at http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/plant-import-restrictions
(9/3/2018)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;
Biosecurity Tasmania has identified the larvae of two fruit fly on a residential property at Lady Barron on Flinders Island. Entomologists have identified the larvae as a species of Bactrocera fruit fly.
The larvae were discovered on apricot fruit grown in a residential backyard. Biosecurity officers are currently conducting survey work on the property and liaising with the property owners. At this stage, the incursion appears to be an isolated incident. These investigations will look at response planning as well as treatment options for the potentially infected fruit.
Residents in and around Lady Barron will receive information in coming days that will outline Biosecurity Tasmania's response plan, the treatment options and what measures people can take relating to the movement and removal of fruit.
The Flinders Island community, together with visitors to the island are urged to be vigilant and to look out for signs of fruit fly and larvae. Fruit fly larvae look like blowfly maggots and are usually easy to see in the flesh of the fruit. People are required by law to report promptly any signs of fruit fly on their property. If you see anything suspicious, immediately call the Biosecurity Operations Centre on 1800 084 881.
Images and more information about fruit fly can be found on the DPIPWE website: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/pests-and-diseases/fruit-fly
(19/1/2018)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;
The Wildlife Management Branch received species profile to facilitate risk assessments for the potential import into Tasmania of;
(11/12/2017)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;