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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) Weekly Update

Oryctes rhinoceros
male (Aubrey Moore, University of Guam)

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam on coconut trees.  A joint effort between USDA, UH at Manoa, U.S. Navy, HDOA and other partners has mobilized and an Incident Command System (ICS) has been established to respond to this pest emergency.

Please find below the latest update or click here to view/download as PDF.  Contact Rob Hauff, CRB Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update.
Rob Hauff: Robert.D.Hauff@hawaii.gov, 808.295.5853

Click here to view a current map of CRB activity on Oahu.

*Weekly CRB updates will be sent to the full HISC Listserv, to opt-out of the updates, please respond to this email indicating you do not wish to receive them.

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March 1-7, 2014 Update
  • The USDA Incident Command Emergency Alpha Team departed for the mainland this week leaving the project to locally-based USDA APHIS and HDOA staff. The local staff received ICS training under Delta Team over the past week and will maintain the incident command structure for the response.
  • The Navy will begin testing in-vessel composting next week to dispose of large amounts of mulch on base that are infested or potentially contaminated.  If successful, this method will be used for decontaminating infested mulch found in the future.
  • This week 44 miles were surveyed for visual damage and 160 new traps were deployed. A total of four beetles were trapped, two of which were found outside Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: one at Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park and one on Mokauea Street near the DOA office.  This slightly expanded the buffer area where surveys are concentrated.
  • Friday morning (3/7/14) a new mulch pile was found to be infested with CRB grubs at the Par 3 Golf Course, about 1.5 miles from the infestation at Mamala Bay Golf Course.  The pile is being covered with netting to deter adult beetles from escaping should they emerge. Further interim mitigation may include of grinding the mulch and/or steaming.
  • A team of University of Hawaii students with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources National Resource and Environmental Management Program started a project to facilitate public reporting of CRB damaged coconut trees. The UH “Beetle Buster” team has set up a webpage on the Project Noah website and smartphone app for people to upload photos of damaged trees as part of their ‘capstone’ project. You can join the mission at http://projectnoah.org/missions/182566002
NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
WILLIAM AILA, JR
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
GARY GILL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 
MARIA GALLO, PhD
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I
 
JESSE SOUKI
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM, OFFICE OF PLANNING
 
DAVID RODRIGUEZ
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 Your HISC Support Team:

Joshua Atwood, Coordinator: 808.587.4154  or Joshua.P.Atwood@hawaii.gov

Emily Montgomery, Planner: 808.587.4198 or Emily.C.Montgomery@hawaii.gov


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