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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 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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November 13-26, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 44 adults detected (of 2,958 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 14 adults detected (of 408 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance & Trapping
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
    • 3,371 trap services conducted on 3,055 total traps during this reporting period.
    • New panel traps installed in Pearl City (9), Ewa Beach (2) and Kaneohe (1).
    • Mulch/breeding site surveys/resurveys at Pearl City Peninsula (2 third instar and 12 second instar larvae found.
    •  Palm damage survey/resurvey in Pearl City and Ewa Beach (16 palms observed with new damage).
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 76 public interactions by field crew during this reporting period.
    • 27 public reports addressed during this reporting period.
    • 4 businesses interactions by field crew during this reporting period.
    • Presentations made at West Lock estates and Palm Court (6 ppl).
    • Outreach conducted at Ocean Pointe.
    • Tour of JBPHH with Mamalu Poepoe Coordinator.
    • Tour of Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden with Maintenance Supervisor.
    • Met with Assistant Manager of The Home Depot – Pearl City.
    • Participated in bi-weekly military updates at JBPH-H and bi-weekly CRB inter-agency meetings.
  • Research
    • Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
    • 7 traps deployed with ethyl acetate lures in 2 locations to test efficacy.
  • Beetle Fact
    • The standard pheromone used in the CRB Response Program is ethyl-4-methyloctanoate – an aggregation pheromone; that is typically released by males to attract both males and females. Aggregation pheromones attract insects to locations where mating occurs and where females will find suitable egg-laying sites.

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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