Review of Bee Pest Surveillance Program

November 5, 2015

A recommendation from the recent senate inquiry into the honey bee and pollination industries was to review the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program, which aims to detect incursions as early as possible by setting up surveillance within a close proximity of potential incursion zones. This project will involve developing a statistical design that will propose a cost effective and sensitive combination of surveillance methods in an effort to enable early detection, and hopefully, an effective eradication program of an exotic bee pest.

The Technical Working Group for the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program Statistical Review and Redesign Project met for the first face to face meeting on 11 September 2015 in Canberra. The Steering Committee for this project also met on 11 September to discuss progress made to date. The meetings held by the Steering Committee and the TWG have helped to define the scope of the project.