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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 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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June 22 - July 2, 2015
  • Detections
    • On Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-HI)
      • 54 adults, 0 larvae detected on-base; 1,834 adults, 1,970 larvae & 40 pupae total to date.
    • Off Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-HI)
      • 16 adults, 0 larvae detected off-base; 130 adults, 0 larvae total to date.
  • Surveillance
    • No new delimiting survey barrel traps were placed and 238 trap services were conducted on 145 total barrel traps during this period.
    • 3 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed and 2,269 trap services were conducted on 2,803 total panel traps during this period.
    • 5 mulch sites were visually surveyed for CRB presence during this period out of 328 mulch piles surveyed to date.
    • No CRB damaged palms were detected and no dead or damaged palms were removed during this period.
    • No square mile grids were surveyed during this period out of 308 square miles surveyed to date.
  • Outreach
    • A total of 883 persons were provided outreach information and materials during this reporting period out of a total of 63,232 persons contacted since CRB was first detected on 12/23/13.
    • One confirmed CRB report out of 837 reports to date since CRB was first detected was called in to the HDOA’s 643-PEST hotline.
  • Beetle Fact: Pathway: This species has been intercepted five times at U.S. ports of entry. Live adults were found in all instances. Two interceptions originated from Indonesia, one from China, one from Malaysia, and one from Sri Lanka. Only one interception occurred on host material (Cocos nucifera) suggesting that this species can move as a hitchhiker pest (AQAS, 2012)
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

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