Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisories
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
Subscribing to get Biosecurity Tasmania Advisories is the best way you can keep yourself up-to-date and fully informed about Tasmanian biosecurity issues. Our Advisories cover topics such as changes or proposed changes to Tasmania’s import regulations, animal health and welfare, plant health, forthcoming regulation reviews and opportunities for public comment, new or emerging pest/disease risks and a range of other matters related to Tasmania’s biosecurity.
If you are travelling to Indonesia (including Bali) during the school holidays, this is how you can help:
By taking these actions you will help protect Tasmania, and the rest of Australia, from the introduction and spread of foot-and-mouth disease and other unwanted pests, weeds, and diseases that would impact Tasmania.
We all have a biosecurity duty to help protect Tasmania.
Find out more on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: www.nre.tas.gov.au/FMD
(30/9/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Biosecurity is a shared responsibility meaning government, industry and the community all have a role to play in protecting Tasmania from pests, weeds and diseases.
Now is the chance to have your say with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) and Biosecurity Tasmania inviting public comments on the new Draft Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2022-2027.
The Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy is the high-level document that sets the overall direction for Tasmania's biosecurity system. The Strategy has been updated by Biosecurity Tasmania and reviewed by the Biosecurity Advisory Committee (BAC).
The Draft Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2022-2027 was produced as a result of that review, and public comments on the Draft are now invited. A Biosecurity Tasmania working group, together with BAC members, will review the feedback from public consultation and prepare the final Strategy for publication.
To view a copy of the Draft Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2022-2027, including instructions on how to make a submission, please visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website at: https://www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-strategy
Submissions close at 5pm at COB Friday 21 October 2022.
The Environment business unit of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) has received three submissions for importing new species into Tasmania:
A risk assessment of the above species has been undertaken by NRE Tas and public comments are invited by 29 September 2022.
Details of the species profiles and risk assessments are available for viewing on the NRE Tas website at: https://nre.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management/management-of-wildlife/wildlife-imports/species-risk-assessments-for-comment
(20/9/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Tasmanian Primary producers and other Tasmanian stakeholders are invited to have their say and inform the final draft of the Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027.
The aim of the Strategy is to ensure that Tasmania's primary produce traceability programs are delivered in a strategic and integrated way, whilst complementing and strengthening national biosecurity arrangements and priorities for industry development and growth.
The Strategy envisions broadening the scope of Tasmanian traceability requirements, from primarily applying to meat production, to in the future encompassing a variety of agricultural industry sectors producing food and agricultural products.
Tasmania has an enviable reputation for producing safe, high-quality agricultural products and food, for both the domestic and export markets.
To continue to build on our reputation, including maintaining and improving our competitive advantage in international markets, we need to continue to enhance our traceability systems to ensure our agricultural products are safe and attractive to all markets.
Enhancing traceability can improve:
The submissions received as part of this public comment process will be collated and evaluated to inform the final version of the Strategy.
Public submissions are now open. All written submissions on this Draft Strategy must be received by 11:59 pm on 30 September 2022.
Visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website to download the draft Tasmanian Primary Produce Traceability Strategy 2022-2027: www.nre.tas.gov.au/ppt
If you have any questions please contact the Product Integrity Branch, Biosecurity Tasmania by phone on 0418 361 085 or by email at email@example.com
(25/8/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Tasmania is thankfully free of destructive varroa mites in its bee populations.
Following the recent incursion of varroa mites (Varroa destructor) in NSW, Biosecurity Tasmania is urging Tasmanian beekeepers to be on high alert for any signs of the pest within their hives and report their findings. Varroa destructor is considered the greatest threat to Australia's honey and honeybee pollination plant industries. Varroa destructor is not established in Australia and NSW is currently undertaking an eradication response.
To assist beekeepers in their hive surveillance and reporting, Biosecurity Tasmania has developed an online reporting form for both recreational and commercial beekeepers to record the hive surveillance actions they have undertaken.
The varroa mite surveillance online reporting form is available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: https://www.nre.tas.gov.au/VM-reporting
It is also very important that all beekeepers report nil-findings of mites from hive checks, as this aids in the mapping of surveillance areas and confirming that Tasmania remains free from varroa mite. Biosecurity Tasmania has also commenced a hive surveillance program targeting higher risk apiaries and hives for inspection by trained Biosecurity Tasmania staff. Having beekeepers report their own surveillance results will complement the hive surveillance work being undertaken by Biosecurity Tasmania.
A new online form will need to be completed for each hive location however for beekeepers with numerous hives, across multiple sites, a spreadsheet is also available for ease of reporting. To request a copy, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mites are tiny reddish-brown parasites and individual mites are easily identifiable to the naked eye. Varroa is similar in size to Braula fly (Braula coeca) and can be detected in the hive using three main methods: an alcohol wash, a sugar shake test, or through uncapping drones.
For more information about each of these detection methods follow the links below:
Ahead of the formal introduction of a compulsory beekeeper registration in Tasmania, all beekeepers are encouraged to voluntarily register as soon as possible, in light of the current heightened awareness around varroa mite. Visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website to download, complete and submit a registration: https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/bees/beekeeper-registration-form
Find out more about varroa mite on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/bees/varroa-mite
If you see anything unusual in your beehives, or see any suspicious bee swarms near a port, immediately call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 or contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email email@example.com
(18/8/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Dairy Tas has organised a series of workshops for livestock and dairy producers to talk about foot-and-mouth disease and the measures being undertaken to prevent its entry to Australia, as well as other steps you can take on-farm to improve farm biosecurity. These sessions have been organised in conjunction with the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association and Biosecurity Tasmania.
(9/8/2022)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife; Horticulture;
The Blueberry Rust Technical Review Reference Group met late June 2022 to discuss the future management of blueberry rust. The Reference Group, chaired by the General Manager, Biosecurity Tasmania, consisted of blueberry growers, industry bodies, and staff from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and Biosecurity Tasmania. The Group considered the current situation, the containment plan, the biology of the rust, the situation on mainland Australia, the impacts on the businesses of infected premises, and market access developments. The Group reviewed the current BBR containment plan and its appropriateness given the changes in blueberry rust spread in Tasmania.
With the increase in positive detections across the last season, de-regulation of BBR in Western Australia and Victoria, and the loss of recognition of the Pest Free Place of Production Program in the South Australian market, the plan is deemed no longer fit for purpose.
As of today (3 August 2022) Blueberry rust is de-regulated in Tasmania. This means that its declaration under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 as a List A plant disease not present in Tasmania is revoked, and Import Requirement 28 – Blueberry Rust – Hosts and Carriers (IR28) is also revoked. This also removes restrictions from current infected properties and removes market restrictions on blueberry fruit and plants within Tasmania.
Biosecurity Tasmania will be working with industry representatives to develop a program of supportive actions covering a period of 12 months, which will continue to enhance management of the disease. Supportive actions will include free diagnostics for suspect BBR, promotion of benefits / profile of Tasmanian blueberries, continued blueberry rust research and development by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and provision of advice for accessing markets. In addition, some assistance will be provided for property inspections if needed to meet interstate market requirements.
(3/8/2022)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Plant diseases; Plant pests;
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania invites you to have your say on the Discussion Paper: Towards a 10-Year Salmon Plan.
The Discussion Paper seeks to canvas the views of stakeholders to inform the development of the new 10-Year Salmon Plan. It outlines the strategic policy drivers for the aquaculture sector, including Tasmanian salmon, proposes policy outcomes Government could seek to enable a sustainable, resilient and innovative salmon industry, and presents a range of focus areas for consideration.
The Discussion Paper forms part of the development of the new 10-Year Salmon Plan.
To view the Discussion Paper, make a submission and join an online feedback session (on 2, 3 and 9 August), visit the NRE Tas website at: www.nre.tas.gov.au/salmonplan
Submissions close 24 August 2022.
(26/7/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Australia is FMD-free – help us keep it that way!
More information on Foot and Mouth Disease can be found on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/pigs/foot-and-mouth-disease
(21/7/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
The Tasmanian Government today announced a grant to the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA), who, working in partnership with Biosecurity Tasmania and a range of industry stakeholders, will continue their targeted engagement and support programs to help further strengthen Tasmania’s biosecurity system.
(20/7/2022)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;