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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 update below or click to view/download as a Text.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

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May 15-28, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 27 adults detected (of 2,557 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 10 adults detected (of 310 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
    • Saturated mulch was added to barrel traps at Lualualei Naval Facility to increase attraction to any CRB in the vicinity.
    • Iroquois Point Housing (Kapilina) palm damage resurvey completed. 60 palms were tagged with new CRB damage observed.
    • Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) palm damage resurvey scheduled.
    • Palm damage surveys at 3 other properties indicated no new damage or potential breeding sites.
    • Netted mulch piles and temperatures at Pearl City Peninsula were monitored with no CRB presence observed.
    • 2 mulch sites inspected at Hawaii Country Club with no CRB presence observed.
    • One mulch pile at Ewa by Gentry was resurveyed with no CRB presence observed.
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 3,684 trap services conducted on 2,926 total traps during this reporting period.
    • 203 members of the public interacted with during this reporting period; including about 120 at the Kahumana Farm Festival in Nanakuli, 50 at the Foster Botanical Gardens Plant Sale, and 24 at the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board meeting.
    • 15 businesses interacted with during this reporting period; including 24 members of the Hawaii Association of Environmental Professionals.
    • 14 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
    • Participated in the HISC Outreach Working Group and weekly CRB inter-agency meetings.
    • Attended a hearing at Honolulu Hale on City & County of Honolulu’s Council Bill 80 regarding the reduction in H-Power tipping fees to allow increased reduction of standing mulch piles at JBPHH to reduce the risk of CRB reinfestation.
  • Research
    •  A CRB research center has been prepared at UH Manoa. Site inspections and permits are pending before it can be used.
    • Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
  • Beetle Fact
    • In lab conditions, earlier work found a moisture content over 77% was needed for satisfactory larval development (reviewed in Kamarudin et al., 2005).

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 (808) 832-0585. Mahalo.
DAVID IGE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
SUZANNE CASE
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
KEITH KAWAOKA, D.Env.
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

John-Carl Watson, HISC Planner: 808.587.4185 or John-Carl.R.Watson@hawaii.gov

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