New bee yard will be installed at Hamilton port lands to level population

Experts say there aren't enough bees in our ecosystem _ a problem the Hamilton Port Authority is trying to solve.

The organization has partnered with Humble Bee, a Hamilton-based urban beekeeping company, to install a bee yard on the city's waterfront.

Twelve boxes will be installed on the land, separated into three miniature hives that will each carry about 500 bees.

The project's goal is to provide food and shelter for pollinator bees in the area.

Beekeeper Dan Douma of Humble Bee says the major losses in the bee population are largely due to chronic exposure to insecticide.

He says pollination by honeybees is a crucial part of food production.