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.
If you know an Australian primary prodcuer who takes biosecurity seriously and goes the extra length to avoid diseases, pests and weeds coming on to their property, then nominate them for the 2018 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year by 20 October 2017.
(15/9/2017)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Pasture; Natural environment; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
(8/8/2017)Categories: Invasive Species; Wildlife; Natural environment;
Biosecurity Tasmania is encouraging barley and other grain growers to remain vigilant for signs of Ramularia leaf spot of barley.
(13/7/2017)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Seeds; Policy and Legislation; Pasture; Wildlife; Natural environment; Timber imports; Marine pests; Livestock; Invasive Species; Gene technology; Freshwater pests;
Biosecurity Bill 2017: public comment invited on draft legislation
Biosecurity Legislation ProjectBiosecurity Tasmania, DPIPWEGPO Box 44HOBART TAS 7001
Project ManagerBiosecurity Legislation ProjectPhone: 03 6165 email@example.com
(21/4/2017)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Timber imports; Wildlife; Policy and Legislation;
Invasive Animals CRC national release of new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1 K5) in Tasmania – 2017
To combat the threat of rabbits within Australia, the national release of a Korean strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5 will commence from the first week of March, 2017. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus is also known as rabbit calicivirus.
The release of RHDV1 K5 comes after more than 10 years of testing through the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre RHD Boost project and includes participation by over 600 community groups and land managers across Australia, including ten sites in Tasmania.
Biosecurity Tasmania will administer the RHDV1 K5 bait to the Tasmanian site land managers under permit requirements.
The release sites in Tasmania are:
Barrington, Binalong Bay, Bridgenorth, Falmouth, Jackeys Marsh, Railton and Rowella.
Cambridge, Hobart and Port Arthur.
As part of the project, the public is being urged to get involved by helping to track the spread of the virus through downloading the RabbitScan (FeralScan) smart phone app, where you can easily report evidence of disease to assist land managers across Australia understand the movement of the virus.
To report sightings of rabbits or evidence of disease in your region visit www.rabbitscan.org.au or download via the iTunes or GooglePlay stores through searching for 'FeralScan'.
Visit the PestSmart website for more details on the national release of RHDV1 K5.
RHDV1 K5 only affects European rabbits and is a naturally occurring variant of RHDV1 from Korea. RHDV1 K5 poses no risk to human health or other non-target species. However, domestic rabbits and farmed rabbits may be affected. It is recommended that domestic rabbit owners and commercial rabbit breeders consult their local veterinarian about vaccinations and provide additional protection against the virus by keeping rabbits inside or in insect-proof enclosures.
Later this year (likely to be between May and June 2017), Biosecurity Tasmania expect to undertake another release of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus if conditions are favourable for effective release.
For further information on Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania: Northern Tasmania: 03 6421 7635 and Southern Tasmania: 03 6165 3265.
(14/2/2017)Categories: Invasive Species; Livestock; Wildlife;