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.

UPDATE

A further Queensland fruit fly found in Northcote Auckland.

Latest situation

Another adult male Queensland fruit fly (“QFF”) has been found in a surveillance trap (on Friday 10 May) within the current the current Northcote controlled area.

This brings the total number of Queensland fruit flies found in the Northcote area to eight.

The latest finds will mean an expansion of the controlled zone in Northcote; and establishment of a new A Zone around the new detection, along with the associated restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste.

To manage the new find, Biosecurity New Zealand and Industry partners have escalated operational activities to include a baiting programme that will target any females that might be present.

A map of the controlled area and a full description of the boundaries, including information about the restricted movements are at: www.biosecurity.govt.nz/fruitfly. A Media release can be found here

Find the full situation update on the MPI website

Number of detections Date of detection TypeLife stage / sexLocationDetected byFound within existing Controlled AreaRegulatory actions
1210 May
2019
Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYesExpansion of existing Controlled area and establishment of a new/separate B zone
1125 April 2019Single Queensland fruit flyAdult MaleNorthcote, North Shore, AucklandSurveillance trapYesRe-established Northcote Controlled Area
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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