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Honey Bee Collapse Now Worse on West Coast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2008 11:00


© 2008 by Linda Moulton Howe


?It's worse than last year, and last year was worse
than the year before. So, it's bad. And there are a lot of good,
big beekeepers that are having a lot of problems. I think we're coming
in for a big train wreck.?
  - Gilly Sherman, Beekeeper


Western honey bee, or European honey bee (Apis mellifera),
gathering pollen from purple aster. 34%
of American honey bees in
commercial hives have disappeared this spring of 2008, in a
persistent mystery known as ?colony collapse disorder.?


April 10, 2008  Gainesville, Florida - On April 5, 2008, England's BBC News carried a report entitled, ?U. S. Fears Over Honey Bee Collapse.? A California beekeeper, Gilly Sherman, was interviewed and he said sobering words:  ?It's worse than last year, and last year was worse than the year before. So, it's bad. And there are a lot of good, big beekeepers that are having a lot of problems. I think we're coming in for a big train wreck.?

I took that quote to Jerry Hayes, Chief, Apiary Section, Florida Department of Agriculture, and President of the Apiary Inspectors of America in Gainesville, Florida and asked for his comment.


Interview:

Jerry Hayes, Chief, Apiary Section, Florida Department of Agriculture, and President of the Apiary Inspectors of America in Gainesville, Florida:  ?Certainly West Coast beekeepers were more dramatically affected this year than perhaps East Coast beekeepers. Last year, East Coast beekeepers had the first and dramatic events happening to their bee colonies. Sometimes, the West Coast beekeepers said, ?Well, it?s not happening to us. You must just be bad beekeepers.? So, now the shoe is on the other foot and they are suffering as badly as anybody has been. Everybody is on an even playing field right now.

Bees are not healthy. Bees have not been healthy for a few years and they are becoming more unhealthy. The beekeepers, the industry that uses them as a tool, is in a precarious situation.

SO WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THE BEEKEEPER QUOTED BY THE BBC NEWS, ?I THINK WE?RE COMING IN FOR A BIG TRAIN WRECK??

We?ll never know these things until after the train wreck. It certainly does not look good. I?ve been reading some reports about whole populations of bats dying and disappearing in the Northeast. The quail population in the southeast has virtually disappeared. I don?t know if any of these things have parallels and links, but it certainly is interesting that something in the environment is impacting these other animals.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATE OF COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA?

 

34% Bee Loss in U. S. by Spring 2008

The Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA), of which I am a part ? we just completed a survey of 327 beekeepers and we came up with about a 34% loss rate over this past 2007 to 2008 winter season.

THAT?S EVEN MORE THAN LAST YEAR?

Yes, a little bit. [ 2007 estimated American loss was 25%.]

GOING INTO THIS SPRING OF 2008, WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST WORRIES?

Beekeepers cannot continue to take these kinds of losses and rebound in any kind of way.

 

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