Current Biosecurity Alerts

​​There are currently no ongoing biosecurity emergency responses in Tasmania. 

However, all Tasmanians should remain vigilant, and report anything unusual to Biosecurity Tasmania as soon as possible on (03) 6165 3777. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Var​​​roa mite

Tasmania is free of Varroa mite, which is a prohibited pest under the Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019.  This means if you suspect you have found signs of Varroa mite in your hives, you must report it immediately by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.
Varroa mite is now considered established in NSW and the mite is currently under a transition to management (T2M) program across the country to minimise its impact. Further information is available on our Varroa mite webpage​ and details of transition to management are available on the NSW Varroa mite transition to management webpage 


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Que​​en​​sland 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 webpage Queensland fruit fly​ for further information.


​​​​​S​mall​​ hive beetle

Following the detection of small hive beetle in the East Devonport area in March 2023, Biosecurity Tasmania quickly responded, working alongside beekeepers, industry and the community to protect the health of Tasmania’s bee population as well as our honey and pollination sectors. 

In March 2023, Tasmania's Chief Plant Protection Officer declared a General Biosecurity Direction (small hive beetle), which established a Bee Movement Restriction Area (BMRA) around the detection site and restricted the movement of bees, bee products and used beekeeping equipment within, into and out of the area.

Following extensive surveillance activities, including thousands of beehive and trap inspections, effective from 22 April 2024, the General Biosecurity Direction (small hive beetle) and the associated BMRA have been revoked.​

For more information, and to view the revocation of the General Biosecurity Direction, visit the Small Hive Beetle webpage​.


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