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Posted:Wed, Aug 30th, 2017 6:24:11 pm

CAPA Statement on Colony Losses

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) coordinated the annual honey bee wintering loss report for 2016/2017 in Canada. Harmonized questions based on national beekeeping industry profiles were used in the survey as in previous years. The Provincial Apiculturists collected survey data. The respondents operated 413,342 honey bee colonies across Canada. This represents 53.8% of all colonies operated and wintered in Canada in 2016/2017. The national winter loss was 25.1% with provincial values ranging from 13.2% to 41.8%. The overall national colony loss reported in 2017 is in the middle of reported losses since 2006/2007. Despite higher than normal wintering losses during recent years, Canadian beekeepers have been successfully able to replace their annual dead colonies and increase the number of colonies. They increased the number of bee colonies from 589,254 in 2007 to 750,155 in 2016. This represents an increase of the total number of bee colonies by 27.3% during this period in Canada.

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