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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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March 20 – April 2, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 45 adults detected (of 2,421 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 18 adults detected (of 249 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
      • 36 mulch piles surveyed in total this period; including:
        • Two mulch piles in Mililani.
        • 12 mulch piles at Pu`uloa Small Arms Range (MCBHI)
        • Large area in Ewa.
      • In-depth breeding site survey of previously inaccessible property in Ma`ili scheduled.
    • 15 palms inspected in Nanakuli – no new damage observed.
    • Tree damage survey conducted on large property in Ewa – no damage observed.
    • Tree damage resurvey conducted at Ke`ehi Lagoon Beach Park – no new damage.
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 3,216 trap services were conducted on the 2,880 traps installed on Oahu.
      • 22 new traps deployed in Ewa Beach, Mamala Bay, Nanakuli/Ma`ili and Waimanalo.
    • Air Curtain Burners (ACBs) from Mamala Bay Golf Course have been moved to the Fire Burn Trainer on JBPHH and scheduled to be operational on 4/4/2016.
    • 9 public reports serviced.
    • 8 additional residents and 3 property owners contacted in the Nanakuli community.
    • Information presented at NAVFAC PAO, JBPHH, CGAPS and HISC Outreach Working Group meetings
  • Research
    •  A CRB research center is being prepared at UH Manoa. Site inspections and permits must be obtained 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 
    • There can be considerable variation in body size and the length of the cephalic horn in both males and females. This is correlated with the larval development (Gressitt, 1953).

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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