The EPA goes digital to gather data on bee poisonings

The Environmental Protection Authority has made it easier for beekeepers around New Zealand to advise it about suspected poisoning of bees and other pollinators.

The authority’s new online reporting form means keepers can jump on to the EPA website to provide details about any poisoning incidents that may have affected their hives.

The information is gathered so the authority can report to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Pollinator Incidents Information System. The system allows OECD member countries (New Zealand is one of them) to collect and share information quickly and consistently about incidents that may be potentially linked to pesticides.

These reports help the authority to compare incidents and make the best decisions to ensure bees and other pollinators in New Zealand are protected from harm.

Report an incident, or check out the new form.

Find out more about our work to protect bees and other pollinators in New Zealand.

Source:  Environmental Protection Authority

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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