Bees, Apiary Products and Used Apiary Equipment
Following recent detections of Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in NSW, the Tasmanian Chief Plant Protection Officer has put in place a General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) to further prevent the introduction of this honeybee parasite into Tasmania.
This Direction is in effect as of 5pm on Wednesday 6 July 2022 and remains in effect for 6 months, unless it is revoked earlier. The Direction prohibits the import into Tasmania of any:
European honey bee (Apis mellifera); or
any animal product produced by, or from, a European honey bee other than commercially produced bee products such as honey filtered to a maximum 2 mm pore size and melted refined beeswax, or another process approved by the Chief Plant Protection Officer; or
any used beekeeping equipment; or
any other thing that may reasonably be suspected of being a carrier of bees, or any pest or disease that may affect bees.
Biosecurity Tasmania understands that a potential longer-term restriction on queen importation will impact Tasmanian businesses for the upcoming season, and will work closely with the Tasmanian industry to ensure we communicate alternative options. Realistically, producers should consider local alternatives in sourcing queens for the coming season.
Emergency Biosecurity Direction_01_22_ Bees_Signed_6 Jul 2022 (PDF 159Kb)