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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 or as a Map.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 1-14, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 38 adults detected (of 2,530 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 14 adults detected (of 300 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
    • 5 panel traps deployed at the following locations: garden center near Hawaii Prince Golf Club (4) and Nanakuli-Maili (1).
    • Pu`uloa Rifle Range tree line resurveyed with no CRB sign observed. Mulch pile netted; to be checked weekly for CRB sign.
    • Manoa mulch piles surveyed with no CRB sign observed.
    • Mamala Bay Golf Course palm damage resurvey completed. 9 palms tagged with new damage. 200 previously damaged palms have recovered with no further signs of damage.
    • Iroquois Point Housing (Kapilina) palm damage resurvey underway.
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 4,032 trap services conducted on 2,924 total traps during this reporting period.
    • 150+ persons presented CRB information at AECOM.
    • 89 members of the public interacted with during this reporting period.
    • 15 businesses interacted with during this reporting period.
    • 30 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
    • Presented CRB information to 7 nursery owners/landscaping managers of the Landscape Association.
    • Participated in HISC Control and Research & Technology Working Group  and CRB inter-agency meetings.
    • One new property in Nanakuli surveyed for palm damage and potential breeding sites with no CRB signs observed.
  • 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, CRB larvae seem to prefer areas with high moisture content, with more larvae being found in material when moisture content was 80 to 100% (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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