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Native fruit flies are attacking horticultural crops more frequently around Broome. (Ben Collins)

Broome becoming a hub for fruit flies

By Matt Brann

Thursday, 01/03/2012

Fruit growers in the tourism town of Broome, Western Australia, are losing more produce to fruit fly, with the number of pests increasing dramatically over the past year.

The Department of Agriculture is worried that if fruit fly numbers keep growing in Broome, it will increase the risk of the pest spreading to major horticultural regions in the south of WA and also the Ord Irrigation Scheme to the north east.

Senior entomologist Bill Woods says placing restrictions on all fruit leaving Broome needs to be considered.

"I think we need to think about having some sort of movement restrictions on fruit coming out of Broome before the next mango season and we also need to think about trying to knock the population down in Broome, but I don't think eradication is possible."