It is a legal requirement1 in New Zealand for all beekeepers to register themselves and the details of their apiary locations. AsureQuality maintains an apiary database on behalf of the Management Agency for the American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan. The database contains information on over 4300 beekeepers, 27,700 apiaries and 460,000 hives.
Co-ordinating and Managing Apiary Inspection and Sampling
Apiaries are geo-referenced (i.e have a grid reference), which allows planning of detailed disease surveys and locating apiaries to inspect hives. The register is used to co-ordinate and manage inspection and sampling programmes for both the endemic American foulbrood disease and suspected exotic honey bee pests and diseases, as well as clearance of apiaries for the export of live bees and bee products.
Contact AsureQuality: Freephone 0508 00 11 22 to register as a new beekeeper or to register new apiaries.Registration can also be done on the American Foulbrood Website
Registered beekeepers can now manage the information held on the database about themselves and their apiaries via APIWEB. Beekeepers can amend existing information, register new apiaries, delete unused apiaries and report disease.
1Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998.
Disease control in Apiaries
All hives must be inspected annually by an Approved Beekeeper for the presence of a serious bacterial disease called American foulbrood or AFB (Paenibacillus larvae larvae).
To become approved a beekeeper must pass a competency test in American foulbrood recognition and control and have a Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA) approved by AsureQuality Limited. If a beekeeper is not Approved then he or she must engage the services of an Approved Beekeeper to inspect their hives and report on the inspection.
Any case of American foulbrood disease must be reported and destroyed within 7 days of discovery. Beekeepers must also furnish a return each year updating all apiary records and stating that their hives have been inspected. This is done on a form sent to beekeepers in April each year.