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58 advisories found for Plant pests.
 

Biosecurity Advisory 25/2018 – Queensland fruit fly: Changes to Restrictions in Control Areas

​Fruit fly was detected in northern Tasmania in January 2018. Part of the control and eradication actions in response to the fruit fly detection included the declaration of temporary Control Areas and Infected Areas, enforcing restrictions on host produce moving in and out of these areas. 

Biosecurity Tasmania advises that as of 1 October 2018 Control Area restrictions have changed to enable growers to sell their produce within the Control Areas.

What being in a Control Area means for residents:
  • Do NOT move host produce from inside a Control Area to outside a Control Area
From 1 October you CAN: 
    • Move home grown host produce from your property (give away or sell), as long as it does not leave a Control Area
    • Dispose of fruit as normal – double bagging is not required. 
    • Compost fruit in the Control Area
  • ​If you live in an Infected Area further restrictions apply. To find out if you are in an Infected Area and what you can do to continue to HELP eradicate fruit fly go to www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly
What being in an Infected Area means for residents:
  • You can consume home grown host produce at home.
  • Do not move, give away or sell host produce from your property unless cooked or processed. 
  • Cut up fruit can be moved from your property if it is to be consumed, e.g. - in lunch boxes - with remains double-bagged.
  • You can buy host produce from retailers within a Control/Infected Area and transport it home – but you cannot then transport it outside an Infected Area.
  • Please ensure all rotten, fallen or remains of host produce are double bagged prior to placing in general waste.
  • Do not compost host produce inside an Infected Area.
  • Report all suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774
What this mean for industry:
  • From 1 October, growers outside the 1.5 km Infected Area and inside the 15 km Control Area can move and sell untreated fruit within the 15km Control Areas​.
  • Existing control measures will stay in place for properties within the 1.5km Infected Areas.
  • Movement of fruit from inside to outside the Control Areas is still not allowed, unless fruit is appropriately dealt with under required protocols.
For further information on fruit fly, and to view maps to determine if you live in an Infected Area or a Control Area, visit the DPIPWE website at:  www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly​ or phone 03 6165 3774.​

(2/10/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Pasture; Seeds;


Biosecurity Advisory 22/2018 - Routine Import Risk Analysis (IRA) for Import Requirement 33 - Silverleaf Whitefly

​Routine Import Risk Analysis (IRA) for Import Requirement 33 - Silverleaf Whitefly
 
This Import Risk Analysis (IRA) has been conducted as part of Biosecurity Tasmania’s plant biosecurity risk analysis  program, where it identifies and reviews pest risks that may present a threat to the State in association with the daily trade of goods, services and movement of people. These IRA reporting processes are consistent with national and international guidelines. This IRA for Import Requirement 33 - Silverleaf Whitefly, also determines whether or not the Import Requirement is technically current.

The draft report can be downloaded here - Import Risk Analyses for Public Consultation

Comments can be provided to  Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au by  27 September 2018
 
For further detail please contact  - Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

(27/8/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 21/2018 - Routine Import Risk Analysis for Green snail Cantareus apertus (Born 1778)

​Routine Import Risk Analysis for Green snail Cantareus apertus (Born 1778)


This Import Risk Analysis (IRA) has been conducted as part of Biosecurity Tasmania’s plant biosecurity risk analysis program, where it identifies and reviews pest risks that may present a threat to the State in association with the daily trade of goods, services and movement of people. These IRA reporting processes are consistent with national and international guidelines. This IRA for Import Requirement 25 – Green snail, also determines whether or not the Import Requirement is technically current.
 
The draft report can be downloaded from here Import Risk Analyses for Public Consultation

Comments can be provided to  Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au by  27 September 2018
 
For further detail please contact  - Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

(27/8/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 18/2018 - Import Requirement 46 – Tomato Potato Psyllid Hosts and Vectors

Biosecurity Tasmania wish to advise that Import Requirement 46 relating to hosts and vectors of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) (syn. Trioza cockerelli Šulc)) has been formally declared on 8 June 2018. This import requirement is in response to the detection and establishment of tomato potato psyllid (TPP) ​​​in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia, and as a precautionary measure in the event the psyllid is detected in other parts of Australia.

TPP is recognised internationally as a very serious pest of solanaceous hosts like potato, tomato, capsicum and eggplant. The potato processing industry in Tasmania is considered to be a very important agricultural industry sector in the State generating $100 -150 million per annum.

The Import Requirement 46 – Tomato Potato Psyllid Hosts and Vectors is effective from 22 June 2018.


For more information on tomato potato psyllid, visit:

(20/6/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;


Biosecurity Advisory 15/2018 - Fruit Fly Update - 4 May 2018

​A major effort is being undertaken to eradicate fruit fly from Tasmania.

Included in this effort has been:
  • Approximately 2500 properties have cooperated with the fruit fly response
  • Spot baiting undertaken at approximately 1200 properties
  • Surveillance through checking of around 1000 permanent traps placed around the state
  • Checking of an additional 333 surveillance traps placed around infected sites
  • Approximately 4500 trap checks undertaken
  • Approximately 3300 larval surveys undertaken
This work would not have been possible without the support of the community and industry which has enabled access to properties for surveillance and eradication activities as well as reported possible signed of fruit fly for follow-up investigation.

Encouragingly, there have been no further detections of fruit fly either within or outside current control areas since the last update.    

On Flinders Island, no detections have been made at either Badger Corner or Trousers Point since January. At Lady Barron no detections have been made since March 21.

Within the northern control area no detections have been made at or near the Spreyton site since March 16.  At George Town no detections have been made since April 2. While at the other infected site, no detections have been made since February 14.

Although no further detections have been made, there is still further work to be undertaken to ensure these areas can be declared fruit fly free again and enable access to markets where restrictions are in place.

Agreement from the Commonwealth and trading partners is required to achieve the fruit fly freedom status. This means that Tasmania needs to maintain identified processes to give certainty to the Australian Government and our trading partners that we have eradicated fruit fly from the State.

While the cooler winter weather is believed to be a barrier to fruit fly establishment in Tasmania, this alone cannot be relied on to achieve eradication so it is necessary to continue with control measures over coming months.  

This means that we will need to maintain the current control areas on Flinders Island and in northern Tasmania for the coming months until agreement is reached with the Commonwealth and trading partners that they can be lifted.

The Government is continuing to work with the Australian Government to identify what measures and requirements continue to be needed and for how long to meet requirements for fruit fly freedom status being recognised.

The Department will continue to keep industry and the community informed of requirements and changes to requirements.

Mowbray update     

This site was not an outbreak but was investigated in line with established protocols for single fly detections. There have been no further fruit fly detections at Mowbray. Earlier this month, a single adult male Queensland fruit fly was detected at a residential property in Mowbray. Approximately 40 fruit fly traps have been established in the surrounding area and all fruit trees and other host plants have been inspected on more than 100 properties in the immediate vicinity.  Inspections consist of examining all fruit on trees for any evidence of infestation, plus taking a quantity of fruit from the tree and any fruit on the ground to be cut into small pieces to determine if any larvae are present. No further fruit flies have been detected. No evidence of larval infestation has been found. The traps will continue to be inspected for a period of nine (9) weeks after the initial detection.

Further information on fruit fly in Tasmania can be found on the DPIPWE website at: dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/pests-and-diseases/fruit-fly​

(4/5/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 12/2018 - Public comment invited on a proposal to import African painted dog into Tasmania

​Public comment is invited on a proposal to import the African Painted Dog into Tasmania. The Wildlife Management Branch received a resubmission of the African painted dog (Lycaon pictus) species profile for reconsideration to import into Tasmania.  The new version clarifies and provides additional information in relation to the species risk and status. Included is a letter of support from the Zoo and Aquarium Association, confirming how the proposed collaboration of holding a small group of non-breeding animals will benefit the Population Management Program for this endangered species.

 
Public comments are invited by 27 March 2018
  
Details of the risk assessment is available for viewing on the DPIPWE website at:   http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management/management-of-wildlife/wildlife-imports/species-risk-assessments-for-comment​

(14/3/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Pasture; Plant pests;


Biosecurity Advisory 11/2018 - Notice of change Import Requirement 2 - Fruit fly host produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

​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 2018
Details can be found at http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/plant-import-restrictions

(9/3/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 10/2018 - Fruit fly Update - Fruit recall

​Fruit Fly Update 22 Feb 2018

A suspension on produce imported from a Melbourne-based fruit and vegetable treatment facility will remain in place until Biosecurity Tasmania is satisfied that any identified concerns are addressed.

Biosecurity Tasmania staff are working with their Victorian counterparts to investigate the process undertaken at the treatment facility.

The facility is one of three major Melbourne-based facilities accredited for fruit fly treatment prior to export to Tasmanian markets.

No concerns have been identified for produce coming through the other two facilities and this will continue to be available in supermarkets.

Inspection is a routine part of Biosecurity Tasmania measures and surveillance of all fruit fly host produce has been increased during the current investigation.

Imports from the supplier of the identified produce also have been suspended until fruit fly freedom can again be demonstrated or that produce has been appropriately treated for fruit fly.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is continuing discussions with its Federal counterparts as well as other States to identify any further actions that may be required.

The Tasmanian community, including retailers, has been praised for its quick response to the suspension and recall of host produce.

Reports of fruit fly can be made by contacting Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.

Further information about fruit fly can be found on the DPIPWE website dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly

(23/2/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 9/2018 - Queensland Fruit Fly Update

​Control, surveillance and eradication activities are continuing at and around three sites on Flinders Island and one site near Spreyton in north west Tasmania where fruit fly larvae were detected in apricots grown in backyard gardens last month.

At this stage no further larvae have been detected at sites outside the four already confirmed.

As part of surveillance operations, trap sites have been established around a 1.5km radius from the four sites where larvae were detected. These are in addition to already established surveillance traps used as part of Tasmania’s fruit fly free monitoring.

Since the original detection in January, monitoring of all the surveillance sites has identified a total of 18 adult fruit flies within the control areas that have been established around the sites on Flinders Island and near Spreyton.

This total consists of 1 male fruit fly previously detected near the Spreyton site, and yesterday two further male fruit flies were detected in surveillance traps inside the Control area.

On Flinders Island a total of 15 adult fruit flies have been detected since the original larvae detection on the island.   

The detections of further adults does not change the response already in place within the control area at this stage.

An established surveillance, control and eradication program is in place within the control area that has been identified.

These detections highlight the importance of the response and measures in place. It gives Biosecurity Tasmania the information to know that while we are detecting adults we must continue to target these areas.  Biosecurity Tasmania will be intensifying trapping around this site as part of ensuring that we do identify and eradicate any active fruit fly within these areas.   

If any changes are required to the response measures in place industry and the community will be kept informed.

Fruit fly traps maintained as part of an ongoing Statewide surveillance program have not detected any adult flies outside the current control areas.

The importance of the work underway has been greatly supported by an incredibly vigilant industry and general community and we are encouraging everyone to continue to remain vigilant and assist in the work underway. The fruit fly report number is 6165 3774

We are continuing to work closely with Fruit Growers Tasmania as part of keeping industry informed and identifying how we can continue to support them.

Further information about fruit fly can be found at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly

(7/2/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Plant pests;


Biosecurity Advisory 8/2018 - Queensland Fruit Fly - Update

Fruit Fly Detection – Update – 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 detected suspected 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 DPIPWE website http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly

(2/2/2018)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;

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