Apiculture survey – further increase in NZ’s bee colony losses underscores the need for attention

Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ) says a gradual rise in New Zealand’s bee colony loss rates highlights the need for ongoing attention to bee health issues.

The overall colony loss rate was 8.4 % in 2015, 9.6% in 2016 and 9.7% in 2017.

His organisation was concerned at the further increase in colony loss rates to 10.2% in 2018, said Barry Foster, chair of ApiNZ’s Science and Research Focus Group and a member of the NZ Colony Loss Survey advisory group. Continue reading