Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) have recently (June 2022) been detected in biosecurity surveillance hives in Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have put in place a biosecurity emergency response to the detection. Movement restrictions for European honey bees (Apis mellifera) are in place for the whole of NSW.
As a result of the NSW detection, all Tasmanian beekeepers are advised to remain vigilant in closely monitoring their colonies for any signs of the varroa mite.
Varroa destructor is not established in Australia. Australia is one of the few counties in the world to remain free of varroa mite.
varroa mite webpage for more information.
See NSW DPI for up-to-date information on the NSW varroa mite response.
Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) have been detected in a range of locations throughout the world, however most recently, these animal diseases have also been identified as being present in Indonesia. Due to Indonesia’s proximity to our northern border the current situation presents a high biosecurity risk to Australia. The diseases have not been detected in Australia.
Overseas cow with lumpy skin disease. Image: Michael Patching.
Photo: Michael Patching
Foot and Mouth Disease webpage for more information.
Lumpy Skin Disease webpage for more information.
Queensland fruit fly
Tasmania is free of fruit fly and it is important for our horticultural industries, our economy and way of life that we remain vigilant for signs of fruit fly.
Routine biosecurity measures continue around the state that contribute to protecting Tasmania from introduced pests and diseases, including:
regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trap network across Tasmania.
imposing strict requirements for the import of produce before it enters Tasmania.
conducting targeted inspections of produce as it enters Tasmania.
checking passengers, luggage, freight and mail at the border.
If you see what you think may be signs of Queensland fruit fly
contact Biosecurity Tasmania immediately on (03) 6165 3777.
Visit the Queensland fruit fly webpage for further information.