On 5 March, Vinehealth Australia released a Biosecurity Alert with interim guidance to the wine industry on managing winegrape movement during vintage. This advice relates to the Queensland fruit fly (QFF) outbreak declared at Salisbury North in metropolitan Adelaide and holds until further notice.

Vinehealth is working with PIRSA to review sending and receival requirements for vineyards and wineries, and will issue further advice to industry once available. You can follow the metro Adelaide fruit fly outbreak here and subscribe to the Vinehealth Australia e-news to receive updates directly into your email inbox.

PIRSA is currently managing 52 active QFF outbreaks across South Australia, 51 of which are in the Riverland and the single outbreak in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Refer here for the latest fruit fly outbreak information in both areas.

Vinehealth Australia continues to attend weekly PIRSA/multi-industry briefings on the fruit fly response and undertakes timely contact of all growers impacted by new outbreaks or changes to outbreak area boundaries where we have either mobile or email contacts in our Register. Please update your contact details via the Vinehealth Kiosk or contact admin@vinehealth.com.au to do so, to enable us to provide you with important information that might impact your operations.

For assistance with fruit fly movement requirements, please contact Vinehealth Australia’s Technical Assistant Warren Birchmore on 0417 982 970.

As always, if you find fruit fly or maggots, please call South Australia’s 24 hour fruit fly hotline on 1300 666 010.