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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB)
Response 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 (JBPHH) 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 the latest updates below or click the links below to view/download as a PDF:
Contact Randy Bartlett, CRB Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update, by emailing Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov, or by calling 808-832-0585

*CRB Response 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 2-13, 2015 Update
  • 42 adult CRB were detected (10 off JBPH-HI) and no (0) larvae were detected during this reporting period.
  • 37 new delimiting survey barrel traps were placed and 135 trap services were conducted on 128 total barrel traps during this period.
  • 31 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed and 2,531 trap services were conducted on 2,781 total panel traps during this period.
  • 4 mulch sites were visually surveyed for CRB presence during this period.
  • 3 palms were detected with CRB damage during this period.
  • 3/2/15 - The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) awarded HDOA, USDA, and JBPHH an award as OAHU MVP for their work combating CRB. In addition, The Hawaii State Legislature presented a Certificate to Honor and Commend HDOA, USDA, and JBPHH on their joint response to CRB.
  • 3/2/15 - Military liaison Rebecca Smith presented a CRB outreach training for the Environmental Coordinators and
  • Environmental Protection Specialists for JBPHH. 12 individuals were in attendance.
  • 3/2/15 – IC Rob Curtiss was interviewed by Brent Remadna from KHON2 News about the new trapping technologies and the Nanakuli find.
  • 3/5/15 – IC Rob Curtiss was interviewed by Mike Tsai from the Star Advertiser about the new trapping technologies and the Nanakuli find.
  • 3/3/15 – Liaison officer Randy Bartlett presented CRB information at the Waianae Neighborhood Board #24 meeting. Approximately 30 people attended.
  • A total of 107 persons were provided outreach information and materials during this reporting period.
  • Beetle Fact: CRB damage is caused by the adult stage, specifically young adults that bore into the crowns of healthy palms.
March 16-27, 2015 Update
  • 34 adult CRB were detected (6 off JBPH-HI) and no (0) larvae were detected during this reporting period.
  • 17,000 palms were visually surveyed during this period.
  • 17 new delimiting survey barrel traps were placed and 139 trap services were conducted on 145 total barrel traps during this period.
  • 4 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed and 2,998 trap services were conducted on 2,785 total panel traps during this period.
  • 5 sq. mi. grids were visually surveyed for CRB presence during this period out of 275 sq. mi. surveyed to date.
  • 2 mulch sites were visually surveyed for CRB presence during this period.
  • 2 dead or damaged palms were removed during this period.
  • No (0) palms were detected with CRB damage during this period.
  • 3/16/15 – Darcy Oishi assumed the role of Incident Commander for the response. Rob Curtiss is Deputy Incident Commander.
  • 3/18/15 – HDOA will be receiving $ 2.2 million in Farm Bill money for Federal Fiscal Year 2015.
  • A total of 109 persons were provided outreach information and materials during this reporting period.
    • 3/23/15 – Military Liaison Rebecca Smith conducted 2 outreach events on base. The Triennial DoD Pest Management Workshop and the Armed Forces Pest Management Board Meeting (AFPMB). Approximately 30 people in attendance.
  • Beetle Fact: The CRB life-cycle can range from 4-9 months; when conditions are favorable there may be more than 3 generations per year.
This report uses the best information available at the time of writing and is not an official record of the project. Its purpose is to update partner agencies and concerned individuals about project progress. Questions regarding information in the report can be addressed by calling the project command post at 832-0585. Mahalo.
DAVID IGE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
CARTY CHANG
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
VIRGINIA PRESSLER, MD
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 
MARIA GALLO, PhD
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I
 
LEO ASUNCION
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM, OFFICE OF PLANNING
 
DAVID RODRIGUEZ
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 Your HISC Support Team:

Joshua Atwood, HISC Program Supervisor: 808.587.4154  or Joshua.P.Atwood@hawaii.gov

Randy Bartlett, HISC Interagency Coordinator: 808.870.6443 or Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov

Emily Montgomery, Planner: 808.587.4185 or Emily.C.Montgomery@hawaii.gov

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