Registered stakeholders were advised about the start of a pest risk analysis for the import of live bee semen into Western Australia from other Australian states and territories by the Department of Agriculture and Food in May 2013.
Below is an extract from the letter.
"This letter announces the formal commencement of a pest risk analysis for the importation of bee semen into Western Australia from other states and territories by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA).
Western Australia is naturally free from several exotic bee pests and diseases that are present in other states and territories. Western Australia's geographical isolation in conjunction with a robust biosecurity system including border quarantine checkpoints, intrastate regulatory controls, industry and public awareness campaigns and surveillance programs maintain this status.
Currently bee semen is permitted entry into the state subject to verification inspection upon arrival. However, industry members have requested a review of entry requirements due to concerns about bee pest and disease risks associated with the importation of bee semen.
The concerns of the bee industry, the absence of several bee pests and diseases and the value of the Western Australian honey and bee pollination industry triggered the commencement of the pest risk analysis process.
A draft pest risk analysis for bee semen imported from other states and territories including recommended entry requirements will be released for stakeholder consultation. Stakeholder submissions will be reviewed by DAFWA in the context of consistency with accepted practices, technical justification and national obligations. Should any new or important information be presented during the consultation phase which may have a significant effect on the analysis, the new information will be incorporated into the final report."
If you require any further information please contact Plant Biosecurity Policy.