Student Independent Projects Sustainable Resource management 2015:A Hive of Possibility Exploring factors affecting the sustainability of apiculture in Newfoundland

Walke, Stephen (2015) Student Independent Projects Sustainable Resource management 2015:A Hive of Possibility Exploring factors affecting the sustainability of apiculture in Newfoundland. Research Report. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Honeybee colony losses have been documented across the world and have garnered scientific and public attention. The island of Newfoundland, NL, Canada remains one of the few places in the world still unaffected by the Varroa mite, other pests and diseases, as well as many of the externalities of industrial agriculture. Apiculture on the island therefore holds significant potential. However, many challenges also face the small industry of approximately 30 operations. This study explores some of the unique factors currently affecting the long-term sustainability of beekeeping on the island. Interviews and questionnaire responses from the beekeeping community were used here to direct an exploration of these key factors. With only about 300 hives kept in Newfoundland and only a couple commercial operations, the current industry profile stands in a precarious place. This paper explores interactions between multiple factors, their contributions to significant challenges and opportunities for apiculture in Newfoundland, as well as considerations for policy makers and managers.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11820
Item ID: 11820
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Sustainable Resource Management
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission

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