Latest on Fruit fly detection’s in the Auckland region

Biosecurity New Zealand alongside industry partners are currently responding to detection’s of single male fruit flies in Auckland.

Number of detections Date of detection TypeLife stage / sexLocationDetected byFound within existing Controlled AreaRegulatory actions
1014 March 2019Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYes
910 March 2019Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYes
85 March 2019Single Facialis fruit flyAdult MaleOtara, South AucklandSurveillance trapYesSecond A zone established within Controlled Area
74 March 2019Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYes
628 February 2019 Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYesExtension of the Northcote A zone and Controlled Area
523 February 2019 Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYes
421 February 2019Single Facialis fruit fly Adult MaleOtara, South AucklandSurveillance trapYes
320 February 2019Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapNorthcote Controlled Area established 20th February
218 February 2019Single Facialis fruit fly (Bactrocera fascialis)Adult MaleOtara, South AucklandSurveillance trapOtara Controlled Area established 19th February
114 February 2019Single Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni)Adult MaleDevonport, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapDevonport Controlled Area established 15th February

Controlled Area Notices (CAN) have been established in these areas to legally restrict the movement of certain fruits, vegetables and other risk items to prevent any potential spread. Further information can be found on the MPI website: https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/fruit-flies/

Biosecurity New Zealand are underway setting further pheromone traps in the immediate areas surrounding these detections along with inspecting fruit, installing quarantine bins & road signs and distributing awareness information to the public.

At this point there is no indication there is an outbreak of fruit fly or evidence of a breeding population.

Biosecurity New Zealand and industry partners are responding to these detections under the Government Industry Agreement process, GIA. NZ Avocado, like other industry groups, are identifying people within the industry that are able to be travel to Auckland to assist with on-the-ground response operations.

MPI market access teams are in constant communication with international trading partners to assure them that there is no commercial production in these areas and that the response is going as planned. Where no further flies are found in each of the locations the responses will individually be stood down after 2-3 weeks following the last detection.

We will keep you updated of any major developments as these responses progress.

Contact Brad Siebert, Biosecurity Manager at NZ Avocado with any questions brad.siebert@nzavocado.co.nz

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