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Veterinary Officer
Fisheries Observers

Veterinary Officer
DPI&F laboratory

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DPI&F veterinary officer Jack ...

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DPI&F veterinary officer Jack Shield said Biosecurity Queensland was working on the basis that there was at least one more hive in the Cairns area.

"One of the techniques that may assist in the search is bee-lining," Mr Shield said.
"This is a method of locating a bee nest by following the working bees from flowers to nest."
The DPI&F found five nests within three weeks in May, and a surveillance team was appointed to monitor the Cairns area for 12 months.The latest finding was in the same locality as the previous detections.
"Though it is disappointing that there is evidence of more bees, it is reassuring that the monitoring system we put in place is working," Mr Shield said.
The Apis cerana found in May was the Java strain, which did not carry the appropriately-named Varroa destructor mite.
However, Apis cerana was still not welcome because it aggressively competed with the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) and native honey bees for food.
Mr Shield called on businesses in the Portsmith area to remain vigilant and contact DPI&F urgently if they noticed any unusual bees or congregations of bees on their premises.
"The initial success of the response in May could not have been achieved without the assistance and support of Portsmith businesses," he said.
"Hives were found in boat masts, boat holds, cable wheels and in between concrete blocks," Mr Shield said.

Indigenous children focus on animal welfare

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DPI&F veterinary officer Jack Shield said the program to go out to boarding schools helped the animal welfare education team to reach children who would otherwise miss out on the programs conducted in their own communities.

"The program was so successful we would like to expand it next year to include more boarding schools," Dr Shield said.
"The slides featured the dos and don'ts in caring for animals," Dr Shield said.
Dr Shield said the students interacted enthusiastically with the dogs and could see they were happy and healthy role models for their pets back home.
"They showed a lot of love and affection towards our dogs," he said.

"The good news is that the ...

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"The good news is that the strain of Asian honey bee first detected on May 4 did not carry the Varroa destructor mite or any other mite," said DPI&F veterinary officer Jack Shield.

"DPI&F laboratory staff in Cairns know how to identify Apis cerana by its unique wing configurations and will be able to determine if Asian honey bees are still in the area by examining the pellets for remnants of bee wings," Mr Shield said.
Mr Shield said support from the public and business premises in Portsmith was crucial in the effectiveness of the response.
"We ask Portsmith businesses and members of the public to continue to keep an eye out for any unusual bee activity," he said.

Asian honey bee expert keeps keen eye on latest response (Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries)

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Biosecurity Queensland regional project officer Ian Rodger, who is heading up the present response to pest bees, congratulates Jack Shield on his pending retirement.

Biosecurity Queensland regional project officer Ian Rodger, who is heading up the present response to pest bees, congratulates Jack Shield on his pending retirement.
The recent detection of an Asian honey bee nest south of Cairns has captured the attention of respected Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) veterinary officer Jack Shield who is retiring.
Dr Shield in his report, outlines the techniques used in surveillance following the initial detection in a boatyard in the industrial Cairns suburb of Portsmith on May 4, 2007.
Sweep netting, beelining, scenting, flower inspections and public assistance were employed to track down the bees.
Sticky traps were provided to beekeepers in an attempt to snare Asian honey bees that might enter commercial and private hives.
"A technique used for the first time in Queensland, was monitoring the diet of bee-eating birds," Dr Shield said.
"It is disappointing that more bees have been discovered eight months later," Dr Shield said.
"But I am confident we are better armed today as a result of the skills developed and tested during the 2007 response."
Dr Shield produced the identification guide with entomologists from Biosecurity Queensland and Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).
"This guide will be distributed to all DPI&F officers in areas at a high risk of an Asian honey bee incursion as well as AQIS offices elsewhere in Australia," Dr Shield said.

CAIRNS NEWSPAPER - The Cairns Bulletin

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DPI&F veterinary officer Jack Shield gave a presentation on Asian honey bees at the industry meeting held in May.

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