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Information related to honey bee health in Newfoundland & Labrador

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bad Nosema infection here in Newfoundland and Labrador, spring 2018

 

  IMPORTANT!  Honey bee colony registration form (click here). PLEASE register your honey bee colonies/hives with the NL provincial apiarist! Registration is an important management tool that helps us all monitor, prevent and fight the spread of pathogens, pests and diseases.  It would help us MOVE RAPIDLY to try to stop the spread of Varroa should it ever arrive here.  It is also a good way to generate accurate statistics regarding the number of beekeepers and colonies in the province.  Also, by clearly identifying yourself as a beekeeper in your area, you eliminate the risk of being suspected of illegally importing your honey bees.

 


 

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador legislation and regulations related to honey bees

 click here to read about the NLBKA's Varroa Action Plan

Other health related information

 

 The NLBKA passed three resolutions related to honey bee health at its November 3, 2018, Annual General Meeting. 

1. Support for mandatory registration of apiaries

2. Support for mandatory inspection of honey bee vendors

3. Support for a Varroa Action Plan.

Please note that mandatory registration of apiaries and inspection of honey bee vendors is not about "Big Brother" invading the privacy and stepping on the individual rights of beekeepers. These are very important tools that we need here in Newfoundland and Labrador to facilitate the early detection of very serious pests and pathogens, hopefully prevent them from becoming established, and if they do get a foothold here, prevent their spread to all honey bee colonies throughout the province.  The full text of the resolutions that were passed by the membership follow:

 

Support for mandatory registration of apiaries

WHEREAS Newfoundland and Labrador honey bee stocks are currently free of varroa mite, tracheal mite, Tropilaelaps mite, wax moth, small hive beetle, and apparently American foulbrood, and beekeepers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador (“the Province”) want their stocks to remain free of these pests and pathogens;

WHEREAS the NLBKA wishes to develop a rigorous apicultural biosecurity program throughout the Province and better educate beekeepers about honey bee health issues;

WHEREAS mandatory registration of apiaries and mandatory inspection of honey bees distributed by honey bee vendors are effective methods of detecting and preventing the spread of pests and pathogens, and such methods have been adopted elsewhere in Canada;

AND WHEREAS the NLBKA will develop policies and positions in keeping with its Mission and that advance its Goals;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the position of the NLBKA is that it supports the mandatory registration of apiaries in Newfoundland and Labrador with the provincial government.

 

Support for mandatory inspection of honey bee vendors

WHEREAS Newfoundland and Labrador honey bee stocks are currently free of varroa mite, tracheal mite, Tropilaelaps mite, wax moth, small hive beetle, and apparently American foulbrood, and beekeepers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador (“the Province”) want their stocks to remain free of these pests and pathogens;

WHEREAS the NLBKA wishes to develop a rigorous apicultural biosecurity program throughout the Province and better educate beekeepers about honey bee health issues;

WHEREAS mandatory registration of apiaries and mandatory inspection of honey bees distributed by honey bee vendors are effective methods of detecting and preventing the spread of pests and pathogens, and such methods have been adopted elsewhere in Canada;

AND WHEREAS the NLBKA will develop policies and positions in keeping with its Mission and that advance its Goals;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the position of the NLBKA is that it supports the mandatory government inspection of honey bees distributed by honey bee vendors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 Support for a Varroa Action Plan

WHEREAS Newfoundland and Labrador honey bee stocks are currently free of varroa mite, tracheal mite, Tropilaelaps mite, wax moth, small hive beetle, and apparently American foulbrood, and beekeepers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador (“the Province”) want their stocks to remain free of these pests and pathogens;

WHEREAS the NLBKA wishes to develop a rigorous apicultural biosecurity program throughout the Province and better educate beekeepers about honey bee health issues;

WHEREAS Newfoundland and Labrador currently lacks a plan to prevent, eradicate, and/or manage Varroa destructor;

WHEREAS Varroa destructor is the worst pest to be inflicted upon honey bees, will probably result in significant colony mortality should it arrive in the province, and will greatly increase the cost and labour involved in beekeeping;

AND WHEREAS the NLBKA will develop policies and positions in keeping with its Mission and that advance its Goals;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the position of the members of the NLBKA support the development of a Varroa Action Plan, and hereby instruct the NLBKA Board to proceed with its development as soon as possible.