It gives the QBA great confidence to advise the National Varroa Mite Eradication Program (operational through out 2020/21) has successfully eradicated varroa mite from the Port of Townsville and surrounding area.
QBA State Secretary Jo Martin and Minister Mark Furner collaborated a media release to signify the formal declaration of proof of freedom from this most recent biosecurity detection and threat to the Australian beekeeping industry and those industry's dependent on strong healthy honey bees for pollination.
The QBA would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in this successful program. Through dedication and absolute professionalism, the team must be congratulated for their efforts.
We encourage our members to read the following media release.
Asian Honey Bees (Apis Cerana) have been detected in the Port of Townsville in May 2019. Teams from Biosecurity Queensland are currently on the ground within the Townsville region conducting surveillance and monitoring for the pest.
Please see the E-ALERT link below for more information:
Qld Biosecurity E-Alert_Varroa_detection_June_2019.pdf
Information and example images of the Asian Honey bee can be found at the link below:
Please report all sightings of the Asian Honey Bee (APIS Cerana) within the Townsville and surrounding region to:
Any bee coming into Australia may carry unwanted bee pests and diseases. If you suspect a new incursion of bees in an international airport or seaport, contact the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 1800 803 006. To report bees outside air or seaports contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.