Disease suppression was implemented on the Forestier Peninsula in 2004 as a pilot study involving two ten-day trips per year. In 2006 it was increased to four trips per year, with scientific officers removing diseased Tasmanian devils from the geographically isolated Forestier-Tasman Peninsula in an attempt to contain the impact of DFTD. The Tasman Peninsula was chosen because its physical geography minimises the entry and exit of animals, offering an opportunity to create a disease-free region.
Results, as at December 2009, suggested that this work had not led to the local eradication of the disease.
The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program continued to invest in providing a field presence and in improving the effectiveness of trapping techniques in the disease suppression project on the Forestier Peninsula. A detailed review of disease suppression was completed in November 2010.
The aim of the review was to evaluate the outcomes of disease suppression on the peninsula against the original scientific and conservation targets of the project. The review also considered future management options, relevant decision-making benchmarks, stopping points and the benefits of different management strategies in the context of the Program's conservation objectives.