Beekeeping and the Law
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding American foulbrood disease. These are outlined in Appendix 1.
In summary, the most important of these obligations are:
- Only keep bees in moveable frame hives Section 11 (Biosecurity order 1998 Appendix 1)
- Keep access to apiary sites clear from obstruction
- Do not feed drugs or substances that mask, obscure or conceal the symptoms of AFB
- Do not keep beehives more than 30 days in a place other than a registered apiary
- Register all apiaries with the Management Agency
- Mark all apiaries with the beekeeper registration code
- Change registration numbers only by the beekeeper who has the code assigned to them, unless permission to do so is provided by the management agency
- Remove all identification codes when transferring the ownership of the hives
- Where a case of AFB is found, the owner of the hives must report to the Management Agency within seven days of becoming aware of the case
- Complete an Annual Disease Return by 1 June each year
- Destroy equipment and bees associated with a case of AFB within seven days
- Do not deal with or transfer ownership of material associated with a case of AFB
- Sterilise beekeeping equipment only by approved methods
- Ensure hives are inspected for AFB by an approved beekeeper with a DECA provided to the Management Agency by 30 November (unless there is a certificate of inspection exemption)
Under certain conditions there are some exemptions for these obligations.
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New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
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