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Beekeeping in Queensland

Varroa mites found in Townsville

Biosecurity Queensland officers working as part of the National Varroa Mite Eradication Program (NVMEP) are responding to a new incursion of varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni) found on a nest of feral Asian honey bees at the Port of Townsville on 28 April 2020.

Restrictions apply to the movement of live bees within the Townsville area. Refer to the Prevention and Control Program (PDF, 3.7MB) and the map of the affected area (PDF, 366KB).

Report sightings of Asian honey bees or feral bee nests in Townsville to 13 25 23.

Honey bees produce honey and play a vital role in the balance of nature. Bees are especially important for pollinating agricultural and horticultural crops and the house garden.

Pollination is important for the viability of many pastoral enterprises, market gardens, orchards and seed industries. Honey production is estimated to add $129 million to the Australian agricultural and horticultural industries.

Following the best practices outlined in this guide will help you to meet the safety standards and minimum requirements of beekeeping in Queensland.

This guide explains what beekeepers need to do to meet their responsibilities to the community and the environment.