15 Km Fruit Fly Zone Implemented Around Current Detection Sites

15 Km Fruit Fly Zone Implemented Around Current Detection Sites

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Biosecurity Fruit Fly Update

Victor P Taffa

A significant biosecurity operation to manage the recent Fruit Fly incursion on Flinders Island and Spreyton in North West Tasmania is continuing throughout the weekend, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said.

Large numbers of fruit fly traps have been set around the incursion site and to date no adult fruit fly have been found.

As part of minimising the risk of spread of fruit fly and protecting market access in fruit fly free areas of the State, trade and movement restrictions need to be put in place in an approximate 15 km zone around the current detection sites.

“We recognise that this will impact on a number of producers, distribution and exporters of host produce within the Greater Devonport Area Zone and are working to mitigate the impacts of movement restrictions and liaising with industry to implement necessary requirements to lift restrictions as soon as possible.” Minister Rockliff said.

 

“We are supporting growers through what is a difficult time, including negotiating permits for the transport of produce in fruit fly free areas of the State. We are working with Fruit Growers Tasmania to identify those growers who will need financial and other assistance during this time.”

“Rest assured we will continue to support our fruit growers, just as we have supported our oyster growers through POMS and our farmers through floods.” Minister Rockliff said.

Abbreviations

POMS             Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome