NSW DPI detected varroa mite, which was confirmed as Varroa destructor, in biosecurity surveillance hives at the Port of Newcastle. NSW DPI is working to protect the NSW honey industry by ensuring we eradicate the parasite.
The current Varroa Mite Emergency Control Order prohibits beekeeping in the Eradication Zone. See dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa for more information about the zones and the restrictions in place.
It is a condition of registration that all beekeepers in NSW manage their hives in accordance with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice.