Fruit Fly Update

Fruit Fly Detection - Update 20 February 2018

Ongoing surveillance activities as part of the fruit fly response have trapped a total of five adult fruit flies as well as larvae in fruit in a George Town backyard orchard.

Following the detection of a single adult fly last week in the Statewide surveillance trap monitoring program, the Department immediately implemented an intensive surveillance program, including inspection of fallen fruit and the placement of additional traps around the detection site.

This monitoring has identified four additional fruit flies and larvae which indicates there is an active population in the vicinity of this site.

Biosecurity Tasmania have already begun implementing control measures at the site and will be talking directly to surrounding landholders about the detection, what is being undertaken and how they can assist the work.

Because of the detection, the 
Control Area  in the north of the State is now be required to be increased from the current area to include the northern coastal area to Beechford and Lefroy, Rowella, Sidmouth and to Kimberley in the South. 

The Department is liaising directly with growers in the new Control Area to keep them informed of the latest information and identify measures to minimise impacts on them.

The same host-produce movement restrictions already in place will apply to the new control area.

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

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