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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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June 26 - July 9, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 30 adults detected (of 2,669 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 8 adults detected (of 328 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
    • Mulch sites at Pearl City Peninsula, Ewa Villages Golf Course, Coral Creek G.C., and Pu`uloa Rifle Range (Marine Corps Base Hawai`i) were all surveyed negative for CRB.
    • Palm surveys in Nanakuli, Navy-Marine G.C., and South Pearl City all surveyed negative for new CRB damage. Navy-Marine G.C. still exhibits residual damage on 49 coconut palms.
    • Palm surveys confirmed 1 coconut palm in Ewa Beach and 2 coconut palms at Pearl City Peninsula with CRB damage.
    • 23 new traps deployed at Pearl City Peninsula.
    • 1 new trap deployed at Ewa Beach.
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 3,271 trap services conducted on 2,967 total traps during this reporting period.
    • 39 members of the public interacted with during this reporting period.
    • 9 businesses were interacted with during this reporting period.
    • 16 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
    • Participated in the Hawai`i State Farm Fair on 7/9-10. Interaction with approximately 275 people.
    • Participated in bi-weekly military updates at JBPH-H and weekly CRB inter-agency meetings.
  • Research
    •  A CRB research center has been prepared at UH Manoa. Site inspections and permits have been conducted and the facility has been approved for use as of 7/11/2016.
    • Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
  • Beetle Fact
    • The spread of O. rhinoceros throughout the Pacific was helped through the shipping of wartime equipment (Lever, 1979).

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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