A single adult male Queensland fruit fly has
been detected on Flinders Island during the ongoing surveillance program
undertaken by Biosecurity Tasmania.
The detection does not affect northern
Tasmania. The target date for reinstatement for the Northern Tasmanian Control
Area remains 9 January 2019, subject to not detecting any fruit fly in this
This recent detection of the adult male fruit
fly will extend the control area restrictions on Flinders Island until March
2019 - if there were no further detections.
The male fruit fly was detected at Lady
Barron on Flinders Island near a previously infected property. Following the
detections on Flinders Island earlier this year there is an ongoing response on
the Island and eradication activities will be resumed around the detection
site. These activities include property inspections, spot baiting, installation
of additional traps, collection of fallen fruit and the implementation of
larval surveys consistent with National protocols.
The identification of the fly was made late
last week and since its confirmation we have been undertaking response planning
and notifying stakeholders in line with established protocols.
Biosecurity Tasmania remains confident that
fruit fly can be eradicated from Flinders Island and all of Tasmania and are
focussed on this goal.
There have been no further detections in any
other areas of Flinders Island, or Northern Tasmania.
Due to the location of the detection, it is
believed the detection is of an overwintering fruit fly on the Island. Because
of the slightly warmer climate, the possibility of an overwintering fruit fly
on Flinders Island has been a scenario Biosecurity Tasmania has been prepared
Returning residents and visitors are reminded
not to bring host produce onto the Island and obey airport and coastal access
point signs and use fruit disposal bins provided when leaving the Control Area.
Biosecurity officers and detector dogs will continue their role of checking
incoming passengers for fruit on arrival at Launceston airport.
Biosecurity Tasmania asks for the continued
support of Flinders Island residents to ensure we eradicate fruit fly from the
Island and reduce the risk of its further movement. Further information on
Queensland fruit fly is available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly
Report any fruit fly sightings to the
Hotline on 03 6165 3774
Department of Primary Industries, Parks,
Water and Environment
GPO Box 44 HOBART Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3777