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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.


102 advisories found for Freshwater+pests.
 

Biosecurity Advisory 30/2021 - Tasmania is Queensland fruit fly free – please help us keep it that way!

​Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be vigilant for anything unusual in fruit with the spring and summer months being the peak times for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia and a time of increased risk for Tasmania.

While Biosecurity Tasmania has strict controls in place aimed at reducing the risk of fruit fly getting into Tasmania, we ask everybody to remain vigilant for any signs of fruit fly.

Tell-tale signs of fruit fly include live larvae or eggs in the flesh of the fruit or small puncture marks on the skin of the fruit.  Fruit fly larvae look similar to blowfly maggots and could potentially be found in fruit that you purchased, or from fruit grown in your backyard.  

Queensland fruit flies lay eggs in a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables.  This list is a guide to potential fruit fly hosts.

Good biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Biosecurity Tasmania works closely with mainland states to help manage the fruit fly risk and there are increased resources and inspections taking place at the border for imported fruit fly host produce, however the risk to Tasmania can never be zero.  Therefore industry, government and the community are encouraged to remain vigilant and work together to help protect Tasmania.

Anyone who notices any larvae in fruit is asked to put the fruit in a sealed bag or container and place it in the refrigerator and contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777.  Please do not dispose of any fruit that has larvae.

More information on Queensland fruit fly is at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly ​

(4/10/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 27/2021 - REMINDER: Have your say about the Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027

REMINDER: You have until the close of business on Monday 20 September to have your say about the proposed Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027.

Tasmanian Primary producers and other Tasmanian stakeholders are invited to have their say and inform the development of the Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027.

Tasmania is renowned for producing safe, high quality agricultural products and food, for both the domestic and export markets. Traceability systems help to ensure both the integrity and safety of our produce.

The aim of the Strategy is to ensure that Tasmania's primary produce traceability programs are delivered in a strategic and integrated way, whilst complementing and strengthening inter-agency and national biosecurity arrangements and priorities for industry development and growth.

Your submissions are welcomed. Have your say by visiting the Biosecurity Tasmania website and downloading a copy of the Consultation Paper. Submissions must be received by COB Monday 20 September 2021.

www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/ppt

(16/9/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 25/2021 - Preparing the Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027 – Have Your Say

Tasmanian Primary producers and other Tasmanian stakeholders are invited to provide input into the development of the Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027.

Public submissions via the consultation paper are now open. 

All written submissions on this consultation paper must be received by 11:59 pm on 20 September 2021.

The aim of the Strategy is to ensure that Tasmania’s primary produce traceability programs are delivered in a strategic and integrated way, whilst complementing and strengthening interagency and national biosecurity arrangements and priorities for industry development and growth. The Strategy seeks to broaden the scope of Tasmanian traceability requirements, from primarily applying to meat production, to in the future encompassing a variety of agricultural industry sectors producing food and agricultural products.

Tasmania has a renowned reputation for producing safe, high quality agricultural products and food, for both the domestic and export markets. Traceability systems help to ensure both the integrity and safety of our produce.  To continue to build on our reputation, including maintaining and improving our competitive advantage in international markets, we need to continue to enhance our traceability systems to ensure our agricultural products are safe and attractive to all markets.

Enhancing traceability can improve:
  • Biosecurity management for a broader scope of Tasmanian primary produce;
  • Market access both domestically and internationally;
  • Supply chain information; and
  • Protection from counterfeiting and brand protection more generally. 
The Consultation Paper is the first consultation mechanism of many that will be used throughout the development of the Strategy and the subsequent legislative change processes. The submissions received as part of this initial consultation process will be collated and evaluated to inform the strategy development process.

All written submissions on this consultation paper must be received by 11:59 pm on 20 September 2021.

Visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website to download the Consultation Paper: Preparing the Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027​

If you have any questions please contact the Product Integrity Branch, Biosecurity Tasmania by phone on 0418 361 085 or by email at product.integrity@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

(20/8/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 24/2021 – Risk Assessment for the import of a Binturong (Arctictis binturong) into Tasmania – public comments invited

​The Policy, Advice and Regulatory Services Branch of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) has received a submission for the import into Tasmania of Binturong ​(Arctictis binturong) (also known as the Bearcat).

A risk assessment of the species has been undertaken by DPIPWE and public comments are invited by 25 August 2021.

Details of the species profile and risk assessment is available for viewing on the DPIPWE website at: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management/management-of-wildlife/wildlife-imports/species-risk-assessments-for-comment 

(16/8/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 22/2021 – Responsible green waste management

The dumping of garden clippings and other green waste material into the environment poses the risk of introducing unwanted environmental weeds and diseases into our native bushlands and waterways. 

When you are maintaining your home garden or aquarium, the responsible management of green waste on your property will help prevent the spread and impact of weeds on Tasmania’s unique natural environment.
 
Common home garden plants often become environmental weeds through the illegal dumping of green waste - for example (but not limited to): Foxglove, Banana Passionfruit and Cape Ivy. Most of Australia’s water weed problems have resulted from the dumping of aquarium plants into waterways.

To help manage the risk, consider composting garden and aquarium green waste within your own contained composting system and reuse as fertiliser or mulch on your property. Good composting will destroy the reproductive capacity of many potential weed plants and return much of the nutrition they may have removed, back into your soil.  Alternatively, utilise council green waste bins and facilities, instead of resorting to discarding the waste illegally and damaging our environment.

Remember, we all have a General Biosecurity Duty to help protect Tasmania from pests, weeds and diseases. You can help meet your General Biosecurity Duty by taking measures to reduce the risk of your green waste impacting upon the environment.


More information about the General Biosecurity Duty can be found here: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/GBD​

(29/7/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 20/2021 – General information on carcass collection and appropriate disposal.

​Livestock, and other animal carcasses, left above ground may pose health, biosecurity and environmental risks, and Biosecurity Tasmania recommends that burial be undertaken as soon as practicable, and at the most appropriate site available.

It is important to ensure the burial of animal carcasses be undertaken:
  • In a reasonable timeframe after discovery of the carcass.
  • In a manner that prevents access by dogs and other animals.
  • To prevent the transmission of a number of animal diseases, including but not limited to: Hydatids, Sarcocystis and Botulism.
Proper carcass collection and disposal is required under Section 55 of the Animal Health Act 1995, which states:

“The owner of any premises must ensure that the carcass of any animal on or in the premises is buried, burned or otherwise suitably disposed of within a reasonable time after the carcass has been discovered".

In addition to livestock and other animals on agricultural properties, it is also important for hunters to ensure they meet the game hunting requirements and collection of species of game​ they shoot. This must be carried out to ensure that hunters can: 
  • Check for signs of humane killing/death. 
  • Work with the property owners to ensure Section 55 of the Animal Health Act 1995 has been adhered to.
More information on appropriate disposal of carcasses can be found on the DPIPWE website​.

(7/7/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 18/2021 – Dog owners urged to remain vigilant for signs of ehrlichiosis disease in their dogs

​Biosecurity Tasmania has recently gazetted an additional entry requirement for dogs coming to Tasmania. Dog owners will be required to declare that they have inspected their dogs, and that they are tick-free. The tick-free declaration is in addition to the existing import requirement to provide evidence of worming for hydatids when bringing dogs into Tasmania, unless exempted. 

Ehrlichiosis is a disease in dogs caused by the tick-borne bacteria Ehrlichia canis. The ‘brown dog tick’ (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) is the main carrier of this bacteria and has been identified in many regions of mainland Australia.

As this dog tick is not known to be present in Tasmania, this means there is a low risk of any transmission of E. canis in the State. However, with a warming climate and the potential spread of brown dog tick, the risk of infection from E. canis in Tasmania may increase. 

Dogs infected with E. canis were first confirmed in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in May 2020. Subsequent infections were identified in the Northern Territory in June 2020. Ehrlichiosis was previously considered exotic to Australia, however it is now well established in these regions. 

Surveillance work on mainland Australia continues, and it is expected that ehrlichiosis may spread to the known geographical range of the brown dog tick (as the main spreader of the disease).

Ehrlichiosis is a serious disease of dogs, however it can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. Contact your veterinarian if you believe your dog is showing any signs of the disease. These include:
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • loss of appetite
  • discharge from the eyes and nose
  • weight loss
  • anaemia and bleeding disorders such as nosebleeds or bleeding under the skin that looks like small spots, patches or bruising.​
Infected dogs do not transmit ehrlichiosis to people, however, in rare cases, infected ticks may infect people. Further information about ticks and human health precautions can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

It is important to have your dog on an effective tick control program (through consultation with your veterinarian) if you are in an area with ticks that may attach to dogs. Owners should take extra precautions if they are taking dogs into tick-infested areas on mainland Australia; and inspect your dog daily for ticks, especially if they have been in a tick-infested area.

More information can be found on the Biosecurity Tasmania website about the entry requirements for dogs to Tasmania, as well as E. canis infection and the brown dog tick.

(30/6/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 15/2021 – Fall Armyworm detected in Tasmania

​A single, adult fall armyworm (FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda) was recently detected (April 2021) in a surveillance trap near Wynyard in north-western Tasmania.  

FAW is an invasive tropical and subtropical pest native to the American tropics. It has rapidly spread across Australia following initial detections and establishment in the north of the country. It was first detected in far north Queensland in January 2020 and was subsequently detected in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory before making its way south into New South Wales later in 2020 before being detected in Victoria during December 2020.

It would be possible for FAW to migrate to Tasmania from warmer areas during the warmer months due to its ability to disperse long distances on wind currents. However, due to its preference for warmer climates it is unlikely to thrive or establish permanent populations in the cool temperate Tasmanian climate. 

Biosecurity Tasmania (BT) are encouraging growers and members of the public to help detect FAW by submitting suspect specimens to Plant Diagnostic Services.  BT will identify suspected FAW specimens at no cost.

Visit the FAW webpage​ for further information including instructions on how to submit a sample.

(10/5/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 13/2021 - Check, Clean, and Dry your recreational equipment

Whether you are travelling to Tasmania from interstate, entering the state from overseas (such as New Zealand travellers), or moving from one area of Tasmania to another – making sure that you CHECK, CLEAN and DRY your recreational equipment is incredibly important in helping to protect the Tasmanian environment, economy, and primary industries from the harmful impacts of pests, weeds, and diseases.

Aquatic and terrestrial pests and diseases, and weed seeds can be easily spread by wet, unclean, and contaminated equipment. However, if you CHECK, CLEAN and DRY your equipment the risk of transporting these biosecurity threats can be minimised.  You will also have helped to meet your General Biosecurity Duty obligations.

Examples of equipment that might be carrying biosecurity threats include (but are not limited to):
  • Vehicles including 4x4s, motorbikes or quad bikes, and boats/jet skis
  • Water sport equipment – surfboards, water skis, kayaks, diving gear
  • 4x4 driving equipment and accessories
  • Fishing gear and equipment including fishing reels and waders (especially felt-soled waders – avoid using these if possible!)
  • Sporting equipment such as golf clubs and carts/caddies, and shoes with studs on the sole
  • Hiking gear including boots, backpacks, ropes, and clothing​
Tasmania has world-class wilderness and recreational areas that offer amazing adventure and sporting opportunities. So before embarking on your next Tasmanian adventure or before returning home, remember to CHECK, CLEAN and DRY your recreational equipment and be ready to present your equipment to one of our Biosecurity officers for inspection on arrival into Tasmania.

For more information, visit www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity, call 03 6165 3777, or email Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe.tas.gov.au.

Get to know your General Biosecurity Duty. Visit the website​ to learn more about how you can meet your General Biosecurity Duty, and help protect Tasmania from biosecurity threats.


(16/4/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 12/2021 – Avian influenza in poultry

​Avian influenza (AI) is a highly contagious, viral disease of birds that can cause high levels of mortalities in chickens and other poultry such as turkeys and emus.

Following a response and eradication effort, Victoria’s commercial poultry flock is now free of (AI). As a result, in accordance with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Australia’s commercial poultry flock officially regained freedom from AI on 26 February 2021, 
 
AI however remains an ongoing biosecurity threat to Australia. Tasmanian poultry producers, and bird owners are encouraged to remain vigilant for any signs of the disease.

All commercial, domestic and wild bird species are susceptible to infection, but disease outbreaks occur more frequently in chickens and turkeys. Many species of wild birds, including waterfowl (geese, ducks and swans) and seabirds, can carry the AI virus but generally show no signs of the disease.  There are no treatments available for AI.

The clinical signs of AI can look similar to other poultry diseases. In general, the signs include breathing difficulties, watery eyes, bluish colouring in the comb, wattle or legs, swelling of the head, diarrhoea, nervous signs and rapid drop in water/feed intake and egg production. Bird deaths typically occur within 48 hours of infection, and sometimes less than 24 hours.

As a precautionary measure Biosecurity Tasmania encourages all bird owners to adopt simple biosecurity measures to prevent wild birds from gaining access and contaminating the food and water of poultry. AI viruses can be difficult to detect in wild birds, as they may not show signs, but can cause infections in domestic bird populations.

Feeding and watering stations should be kept in enclosed areas to limit access by wild birds. It is also strongly recommended that drinking water supplied to birds should be: 
  • treated (chlorinated) mains water, or;
  • high quality bore water, or;
  • water treated with chlorine from other sources.​
See it. Secure it. Report It.

Suspected cases of AI should be reported by calling the national Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline on 1800 675 888.  This can also be done by your veterinarian who must report any suspicion or confirmed test results.

Further information

Further information on AI, including a biosecurity checklist for bird keepers, can be found on the Biosecurity Tasmania website

Further information on the AI response in Victoria can be found on the Outbreak website.

(8/4/2021)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;

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