Infected beehives destroyed in Lismore DPI operation
NEGLECTED and abandoned beehives in the Lismore area have been inspected by experts from the Department of Primary Industries in an effort to protect the health of local bees.
Regulatory officers from the biosecurity compliance operation visited the Northern Rivers for random and targeted inspections.
Senior regulatory inspector, Anne Webster, said neglected and abandoned hives were a major threat.
"They can be responsible for the spread of notifiable diseases and pests due to the potential for them to become weakened by diseases such as American Foul brood (AFB)," she said.
"Neglected or abandoned hives can also become a source of infection for other hives when field bees rob stores from these hives."
Ms Webster said during the operation hives were inspected for AFB and action was taken for the failure to notify AFB and failure to correctly identify brood boxes.
A number of AFB-infected hives were destroyed as part of the operation.
"Most beekeepers were found to be doing the right thing and complying, but it was disappointing to find that several beekeepers were unregistered," Ms Webster said.
DPI also held information and practical sessions, which were attended by 32 local beekeepers, representing all sections of the industry.
The sessions included information about AFB, pests and disease surveillance.
"Beekeepers also took the opportunity to speak with the Regulatory Specialist and apiary inspectors about their beekeeping operation," Ms Webster said.