• Hannah Phillips

Fruit Fly Outbreak in Ceduna

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is responding to an outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) in Ceduna, which was declared following the detections of Med-fly larvae in fruit on two properties.

This new outbreak is separate to the current outbreak in nearby Thevenard, which has now been extended due to further fly detections, since the original detection in May.

Biosecurity SA Executive Director Will Zacharin said an eradication program is underway with staff deployed in the outbreak area.

“All properties and businesses within this new area will receive information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated quarantine, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread,” he said.

“We have staff on the ground – notably in bright orange overalls – to clean up any fallen fruit on the ground and scour the outbreak area, including backyard trees, for any fruit that may contain larvae as part of the hygiene work.

“In addition, as part of the baiting component of the program, we have staff out and about applying an organic bait to trees in the outbreak area to lure any remaining wild flies.

“The State Government is serious about keeping South Australia fruit fly free and spends $5 million each year to ensure fruit fly and other pests stay out of South Australia.

“Mediterranean fruit fly doesn’t exist in South Australia and can only be brought into our state from infested fruit originating from Western Australia.

“Given the close proximity of Thevenard and Ceduna to the Western Australian border, this is a good reminder on the importance for all residents and visitors in the West Coast region to be aware of the restrictions on travelling with fresh fruit and vegetables in South Australia.

“Keeping South Australia fruit fly free helps protect the state’s $1.25 billion fruit fly vulnerable horticulture industry.

“If we did not have our fruit fly freedom, it would impact market access for our horticultural producers, who would not be able to export their produce to key markets without treatment.

“South Australia has a 100% success record in eradicating fruit fly outbreaks, as we’ve seen with the recent successful eradications of the Queensland fruit fly outbreaks in West Hindmarsh, Brooklyn Park and Woodville Gardens," he said.

Quarantine restrictions apply in the new Ceduna outbreak area which includes the Ceduna township area bounded by Betts Street, Decres Bay Road, Smith Road, Collins Street, Schwarz Street, Goode Road and north along the Eyre Highway to the PIRSA Quarantine Station.

At this stage, if no further wild flies or larvae are detected, it is anticipated the quarantine in Thevenard and Ceduna will remain in place until at least November 21 of this year.

For more information, including quarantine restrictions and detailed maps of the extended outbreak area, visit: www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly.

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