Current Biosecurity Alerts

​​​​S​mall​​ hive beetle

Biosecurity Tasmania is currently investigating confirmed detections of two small hive beetles (SHB) in the Devonport area. These detections do not mean that SHB is established in Tasmania. It is an example of our world class biosecurity system working.

Tasmania’s Chief Plant Protection Officer, Andrew Bishop, declared a General Biosecurity Direction, which established a 15 km Bee Movement Restriction Area around the detection site, and restricted the movement of bees and bee products within, into and out of the zone. On 29 November 2023, the Bee Movement Restriction Area was reduced to a 1.5km radius.​

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

​​​​​​​​​​​Var​​​roa mite

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.

cllose up of European honey bee with varroa mite on back

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.

Visit the webpage Varroa mite for more information.

See NSW DPI for up-to-date information on the NS​W Varroa mite emergency response.​

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.

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