Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has established a quarantine area for bee colonies in a portion of the Peace River Region due to confirmation of a new pest: the Small Hive Beetle. The quarantine was put in place July 19 for 45 days; however, it could also be extended if necessary. This quarantine borders our region, but does not presently affect apiculture operations within the MD.
The established quarantine will enable Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to investigate and take action – while at the same time preventing the spread of the beetle and protecting the health of Alberta’s bees and the beekeeping industry.
Please note that the quarantine does not apply to bee keepers within Lac Ste. Anne County. This news item has been posted to make bee keepers aware of a pest has been identified near MD boundaries.
Additionally, please note that the sale of honey is unaffected by this quarantine. Farmers’ Markets and product from west of the MD can continue to be sold.
Currently, Alberta has more than 315,000 bee colonies. These colonies make up 43% of the bees in Canada. Alberta also produces 40% of honey in Canada. More than 75,000 bee colonies are used to pollinate Pedigreed hybrid canola for seed production in Southern Alberta. Therefore, honey bees are important to Alberta, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry takes their health very seriously. We will continue to work closely with the industry, the individual beekeepers affected and our other partners throughout this investigation to support the health of their bees and protect the long-term success of their businesses.
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