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Fruit fly found

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Biosecurity Tasmania has detected a single male fruit fly in East Launceston.

The Queensland fruit fly was found yesterday in one of the 1000 permanent fruit fly traps across Tasmania which are checked weekly.

“The detection of a male Queensland fruit fly has occurred in the past, it does not constitute an outbreak requiring an incursion response and it will not impact on the State’s Pest Free Area status,” said the Chief Plant Health Manager, Andrew Bishop

“Biosecurity Tasmania has responded to this single detection in accordance with Australia’s national management arrangements for fruit fly, which includes setting of supplementary traps and checking of fruit trees on other properties in the surrounding area,” he said.

Mr Bishop reminded everyone to be watchful for signs of fruit fly and to report anything suspicious to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777.

Further information on Queensland fruit fly is available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly