Biosecurity zone set up after deadly honeybee parasite detected in NSW

25/06/2022 8:51:00 PM

A parasite responsible for the widespread deaths of honeybees around the world has been detected in Australia.

A parasite responsible for the widespread deaths of honeybees around the world has been detected in Australia. 9News

A parasite responsible for the widespread deaths of honeybees around the world has been detected in Australia.

The mite is considered the most serious pest for honey bees worldwide, and currently is not found in Australia.(USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)"Australia is the only major honey producing country free from Varroa mite and if it has the chance to establish here, it could cost the honey industry more than $70 million a year."

(USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab )They are also instructed to contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries with the location of all their hives."If it weren't for their diligence in monitoring hives and catch boxes at strategic locations around our ports and airports, this threat may have gone undetected," Saunders said.

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parasite responsible for the widespread deaths of honeybees around the world has been detected in Australia.to save article Share As if the former residents of Mascot Towers in Sydney weren’t doing it tough enough, last month they received another blow, and it’s one that smacks of local government incompetence, with maybe even a lingering whiff of past potential corruption."Serious misconduct" by Murdoch University livestock manager Kim Thomas has been revealed in a Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) report tabled in WA parliament this week..

The Varroa mite, also known as the Varroa destructor, was spotted in hives at the Port of Newcastle by biosecurity surveillance. The mite is considered the most serious pest for honey bees worldwide, and currently is not found in Australia. Mascot Towers residents were evacuated three years ago. READ MORE: The varroa destructor has been devastating to bee colonies around the world. Mr Thomas was found to change ownership records of cattle owned by Murdoch University in order to indicate the cattle were owned by another party, then change the records back. (USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab) NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders said the state government is acting swiftly to contain a possible outbreak. It has stood empty since the day they were told to get out and stay out. "We have immediately launched an eradication plan which involved setting up a biosecurity zone, containing the infected hives and euthanising the bees," Saunders said.

"Australia is the only major honey producing country free from Varroa mite and if it has the chance to establish here, it could cost the honey industry more than $70 million a year. Advertisement In 2017 the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found Botany’s former chief financial officer Gary Goodman guilty of corruption over the missing cash. It was quite deliberate." READ MORE: Varroa destructors cling to and feast upon bees. (USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab ) The biosecurity zone extends in a 50km radius from the Port of Newcastle. And now the paper trail that might have revealed crucial details about the incident has ended in a lost file, or perhaps maybe even a document shredder. Beekeepers within that zone are not allowed to move or tamper with their hives. "He would exhibit cattle at the Royal Show that were in fact Murdoch cattle but claim them to be his. They are also instructed to contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries with the location of all their hives. But there is a positive side to the hub.

A 50km radius from the Port of Newcastle would extend north past Nelson Bay, south to Wyong and west to Branxton. It would include Cessnock, Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Tea Gardens. In the middle of this data maze, is a request for the date the block was given a certificate of occupation. "There's no doubt that he is passionate about farming and passionate about cattle, and probably that passion has led him to make decisions which were wrong, and which disadvantaged Murdoch. "If it weren't for their diligence in monitoring hives and catch boxes at strategic locations around our ports and airports, this threat may have gone undetected," Saunders said. Varroa destructors are tiny reddish-brown parasites. This is one of the documents thought to be missing in the Mascot fiasco. READ MORE: Varroa destructors are seen on a bee pupae. "The biosecurity rules are there for a good reason, and it's to protect Australia's reputation and protect Australia's herd," he said.

(US Department of Agriculture) While being very small, they are identifiable to the naked eye. Had the Mascot Towers owners sought the documents earlier, they might not have disappeared into the bureaucratic sinkhole that’s created when incompetence and corruption collide. The parasite clings to the body of honeybees and spreads debilitating viruses like deformed wing virus. Bees are often left unable to properly develop and function by varroa destructors feeding on them. But taking a big-picture view, knowing exactly what all your essential documents include, and where they are, is as essential to strata schemes as passports and driving licenses are to individuals.2 million, and revenue of less than $265,000. Varroa destructors have been widely blamed for large amounts of colony collapse among bee hives. The varroa destructor was found on bees at the Port of Newcastle. To that end, there are companies just an internet search away that will take all your essential records, including committee and AGM agendas and minutes, and digitise them.

(Kate Geraghty) In addition to providing honey, bees are necessary for the pollination for many other vital crops. "Their lax supervision structure created a breeding ground for Mr Thomas's misconduct. They include potatoes, onions, apples, grapes, citrus fruits, cotton and coffee. They haven’t yet invented a shredder that can “accidentally” erase material that’s stored on the cloud as well as on a number of hard drives. Girl stuns spelling bee competition in 50-year 'first' .