For over 40 years A. mellifera mellifera L. has been a protected species in Poland. All the present time, we are running protection programmes, with small changes, naturally. The programmes encompass 4 lines of A. m. mellifera L.: Augustowska, Kampinoska, Północna (North), Asta. All lines are covered by similar protection programmes (based on the leading apiary and co-operating apiaries), however only the Augustowska and Kampinoska lines are kept in a system of preservation regions where there are bans on introducting any other colonies.
All projects connected with funding for the Black Bee Protection Programmes were completed in 2013. Their implementation in an unchanged form was prolonged for the year 2014. For the years 2015-2020, conservation of black bees is anticipated within the scientific project: “Fundamental research for biological development in animal production”.