Surveillance systems provide early detection of fruit flies, deliver information for risk analyses and demonstrate the fruit fly status of an area. They are an integral part of fruit fly management and essential for rapid responses and access to markets. While surveillance must be done in accordance with agreed standards and protocols, it is also increasingly important that it is efficient, effective and able to harness information from both specific (programs to formally demonstrate pest presence or absence) and general (drawn from various government or non-government) sources.
Ensure a nationally consistent surveillance framework that provides clarity around fruit fly distribution, prevalence and control.
This priority area will be achieved through activities that include:
- Facilitating a national approach to fruit fly surveillance systems that is based on science, risk analysis, international standards and world’s best practice.
- Regularly reviewing and improving methodologies to maximise the ability to detect exotic species whilst ensuring surveillance systems are managed in a cost-effective manner.
- Minimising the risk of establishment of exotic fruit flies through contingency planning for eradication.
- Formalising commitment to the national exotic fruit fly detection system through long-term funding agreements.
- Developing and promoting the use of sampling and survey data collection methods that are technically justified, and enable information to be collated, analysed and reported.
- Identifying ways to capture data from the general surveillance network to improve detection capacity.