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  1. The Management Agency directs the affected beekeepers to burn used supers when there is high levels of AFB as described above AND the beekeeper has not complied with the traceability requirements that he/she agreed to in their DECA. If the affected beekeepers had maintained the traceability of their gear as they agreed in their DECA it would be relatively straight forward to differentiate which gear came from infected hives and which gear came from uninfected hives....and in this situation the Management Agency would only direct the beekeeper to burn gear from infected beehives.
  2. The apiary register is not openly shared with ApiNZ and the data is protected by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993. If you have concerns you should raise these with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
  3. John, Note the 10% AFB only counts towards enforcement if an AP2 finds AFB in 10% of a beekeepers hives at the time of inspection. The cases of AFB found and reported to the Management Agency by the beekeeper are not counted. BTW. Beekeepers whom have been subject to Management Agency actions on default typically have not reported any cases of AFB in the previous 3 years...…..and yet our AP2s find AFB infection rates between 17% and 87% of hives at the time of inspection...…
  4. A bit late to this thread but the Biosecurity Act 1993 powers available to the Management Agency are quite straight forward. Clause 8 of the Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998 confers the following Biosecurity Act 1993 powers on the Management Agency and its Authorised Persons to implement the plan order: s106 Power to require assistance s109 Power of inspection s119 Power to seize abandoned goods s121 Power to examine organisms s122 Power to give directions s128 Power to act on default s130 Declaratio
  5. NucMan, Your allegation that the Management Agency has not acted on the information you provided is not correct. The Management Agency has followed up on the information you provided and undertaken investigation and enforcement actions as described in the Operational Plan https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/AFB-Operational-Plan-January-2020.pdf Inspection of some of the beekeepers apiaries resulted in the Management Agency identifying a few cases of AFB and multiple non-compliances with plan rules. The AFB hives have been destroyed and
  6. The Government has notified changes to the AFB levy today following extensive consultation by the Management Agency with beekeepers in 2018 and 2019. The new levy funding will enable the Management Agency to provide additional services to protect beehives from AFB. The 2020 AFB levy is set at $40 ($46 including GST) per beekeeper and $1.35 ($1.55 including GST) per bee colony owned by each beekeeper as at 31 March 2020. A beehive with two brood boxes and several honey supers represents a substantial investment for every beekeeper, and it is crucial that the American Foulb
  7. Clause 15 of the National Pest Management Plan states that: "No beekeeper may permit beehives owned by that beekeeper to be situated in a place for more than 30 consecutive days unless that place has been notified (registered) as an apiary" Please note that a beehive is defined as: "thing constructed for the keeping of honey bees and that is being used or has been used for that purpose; but does not include an introduction cage or a mailing cage" Hence beekeepers must register apiary sites even if none of the hives on the site have a live honey bee colony in t
  8. Beekeepers legal obligations under the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan are quite clear: ensure, where American foulbrood is discovered in a beehive owned by that beekeeper, that all honey bees, bee products, and appliances associated with that honey bee colony are destroyed unless otherwise directed (clause 28) ensure that materials associated with American foulbrood are not used and not accessible to honey bees (clause 29) When the Management Agency identifies that a beekeeper is in breach of these plan rules the Management Agency will act to manag
  9. AFB dog trials should be designed and managed by a professional research organisation such as a Crown Research Institute or University. The Management Agency has provided permits to access and keep AFB materials under appropriate conditions for research purposes, and would not hesitate to do so for research into AFB detector dogs.
  10. Even if there was provision for compensation under the American Foulbrood National Pest Management, section 162A(3)(c) of the Biosecurity Act 1993 would apply:- "Compensation must not be paid if the person failed to comply with biosecurity law: (i) in a serious or significant way (ii) in a way that contributed to the presence of the organism (iii) in a way that contributed to the spread of the organism"
  11. There are no issues with acceptance of research done overseas. The major issue with the above article its presentation of the results does not conform the established scientific norms for the description of their methods and materials and for presenting estimates of sensitivity and specificity. This makes it really hard to assess the validity of the estimates.
  12. Under the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan beekeepers are responsible for eliminating AFB from their beehives, and the Management Agency is responsible for monitoring and auditing beekeeper compliance with their obligations in order to eliminate AFB from managed colonies in New Zealand. i.e. individual beekeepers are free to make their own decisions as to whether they wish to hire/purchase an AFB detector dog to augment their AFB inspection and elimination practices. The National Pest Management Plan also requires that inspection methods approved by the Management Age
  13. The Management Agency has recently implemented changes to its apiary inspections: 1. The number of AP2s inspecting apiaries has been increased from 21 to 37 2. The Management Agency is now actively searching for beekeeping operations with high levels of unreported AFB, and we have changed our processes for managing AP2 inspections to facilitate this. Regrettably - the Management Agency believes that there are many more beekeeping operations with high levels of unreported AFB yet to be identified. Beekeepers can assist the Management Agency to identify beekeepi
  14. The Management Agency has taken the DECA Inspector list down from the website. In future this list will only be available on the website from August to November to assist non-DECA holders to contact a DECA holder to arrange for their hives to receive a Certificate of Inspection.
  15. Trevor, The Management Agency takes its responsibility for protecting the privacy of beekeepers information very seriously. If you could please supply the Management Agency with the name of the lady from Wall Street Journal concerned, her phone number, the mobile number she called you on, and the Management Agency will investigate.
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