Biosecurity Direction for European honey bees and associated products
Due to the current situation of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in NSW, the Tasmanian Chief Plant Protection Officer has put in place an extension to the general biosecurity direction (emergency), to prevent the introduction of this honey bee parasite into Tasmania.
This direction takes effect as of 12am on Sunday 7 January 2024 and remains in effect for six (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.
This extension has been put in place as NSW transitions their varroa mite response from eradication to management. Once completed, ongoing risk analysis work being conducted at both the national and state levels will inform future imports of bees, bee products and beekeeping equipment into Tasmania. While this general biosecurity direction (emergency) remains in place, producers will need to continue sourcing queen bees from within Tasmania.