advises that updated import conditions have been imposed on the trade of
Western Australian strawberry fruit as a vector of Green Snail (Cornu apertus
(Born) (syn. Cantareus apertus (Born), Helix aperta (Born)).
The new conditions facilitates trade of strawberry fruit from all properties
free of Green Snail and recognises property-level accreditations and GSL codes
as specified. Properties within two kilometres of a known Green Snail
infestation must have been inspected and found free of Green Snail within a
month of any strawberry fruit consigned to Tasmania. Inspection of properties
is not required between December and March when the snails retreat underground.
Strawberry fruit from Western Australian properties found infested with Green
Snail will still not be accepted.
Import conditions on other hosts and vectors of Green Snail from WA continue to
apply pursuant to Import Requirement 25 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual
Tasmania (Ed. 2016). GSL codes cannot be used for certification purposes
under this Import Requirement.
For any further enquiries, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania directly on (03)
We ask everyone to please remain vigilant for the presence of any Green Snails
when purchasing strawberry punnets from Western Australia and immediately
report any snail finds to Biosecurity Tasmania.
Please do not
release the snails into the waste stream or the environment.