NSW limits bee movements after mite alert

27/06/2022 5:06:00 AM

Movement of all hives and bee products in NSW has been halted to stop the spread of varroa mite, which poses a serious threat to the honey industry.

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The arrival of a pest that could threaten the bee industry has led to a statewide emergency order in New South Wales after the detection of the varroa mite at the Port of Newcastle. VarroaMite 7NEWS

Movement of all hives and bee products in NSW has been halted to stop the spread of varroa mite, which poses a serious threat to the honey industry.

"We're still very confident that we have it contained and it's eradicable," he said.Mr Le Feuvre said the statewide standstill on bee movement was adopted to give authorities time for tracing activities."To identify where the commercial beekeepers' hives are, where they've been and what other hives they've been in contact with," he said.

He said the Newcastle beekeeper also had 120 hives at Trangie in central west NSW, which were inspected before being destroyed."We've inspected all the hives at Trangie, and there have been no mites identified...however the mites are the size of a pinhead amongst thousands of bees."

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Another failure of Australian bio security. Australian bio security is proving unfit for purpose. Where is the State and Federal Ministers accountability. auspol bees Varroa wiped out our hives back in the 80's ,here in Texas. My dog stepped on a bee Now what would be the easiest way to control food production I wonder?

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"The bee keeping industry in Australia has got its eyes on Newcastle at the moment," he told AAP on Monday.The Varroa destructor, commonly called varroa mite, has been described as the most serious pest for honeybees worldwide.parasite responsible for the widespread deaths of honeybees around the world has been detected in Australia.parasite responsible for the widespread deaths of honeybees around the world has been detected in Australia.

"We're still very confident that we have it contained and it's eradicable," he said. Mr Le Feuvre said the statewide standstill on bee movement was adopted to give authorities time for tracing activities. It also significantly reduces their ability to pollinate crops. "To identify where the commercial beekeepers' hives are, where they've been and what other hives they've been in contact with," he said. READ MORE: The varroa destructor has been devastating to bee colonies around the world. He said the Newcastle beekeeper also had 120 hives at Trangie in central west NSW, which were inspected before being destroyed. That meant beekeepers within 50 kilometres of the port were ordered not to move hives or equipment in or out of that area. "We've inspected all the hives at Trangie, and there have been no mites identified. "We have immediately launched an eradication plan which involved setting up a biosecurity zone, containing the infected hives and euthanising the bees," Saunders said.

. The NSW government says a varroa mite outbreak could cost the honey industry $70 million a year. "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..however the mites are the size of a pinhead amongst thousands of bees.." NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders issued the order on Sunday, saying no bees will be allowed to be moved across the state. Beekeepers within that zone are not allowed to move or tamper with their hives. "Australia is the only major honey producing country free from varroa mite, the most serious pest to honey bees worldwide," Mr Saunders said. They are also instructed to contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries with the location of all their hives.

The tiny reddish-brown parasites have the potential to do severe damage to the Australian bee industry, worth $147 million annually, as they spread viruses that cripple bees' ability to fly, gather food and pollinate crops. An initial 50km biosecurity zone was put in place at the Port of Newcastle on Friday where beekeepers must notify the state Department of Primary Industries of the location of their hives. It would include Cessnock, Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Tea Gardens. All hives within the 10 km zone were eradicated, while a 25km surveillance zone is also active around the site with officials monitoring and inspecting managed and feral honey bees. "If varroa mite settles in the state, it will have severe consequences, so we're taking every precaution and action needed to contain the parasite and protect the local honey industry and pollination," Mr Saunders said. "We're working with apiary industry bodies and stakeholders to ensure beekeepers are well informed and can continue to help us with this critical response," Mr Saunders said. READ MORE: Varroa destructors are seen on a bee pupae. READ MORE: Varroa destructors are seen on a bee pupae.

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