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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB)
Bi-Weekly 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 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 below the latest update or click on the following links to view/download as 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

*Bi-Weekly CRB 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.

For more information, click on the links below:

July 21 - August 1, 2014 Update
  • The pre-existing buffer zone has not expanded during this period. 86 adult beetles & 6 larvae were detected & 5 damaged & 5 dead palms/stumps were detected during this reporting period. 318 new delimiting survey panel traps were deployed while 1,780 existing traps were serviced. 4 palms were visually inspected within the buffer zone area along with 8 mulch sites.
  • 1,030 cubic yards of mulch material were treated via in-vessel composting method.
  • On 7/22/14 – Liaison Officer Rob Hauff gave a CRB presentation at a CDFA-organized webinar on palm pests. The audience was California palm growers and arbor care industry members.
  • On 7/23/14 – the CRB Unified Command attended an Invasive Species meeting with the Dept. of Emergency Management for the City and County of Honolulu (C&C). The C&C indicated their interest in being a partner with the CRB Response and identified Dr. Po-Yung Lai as a Liaison with the response team. They have interest in the raw program data so they can provide situational awareness updates to the city staff in the urban forestry and parks divisions. They offered their assistance in visual survey activities on C&C properties.
  • On 7/25/14 – Christy Martin of the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) provided training for officers of Hawaii Island Landscape Industry Association (HILA) and Big Island Association of Nurserymen (BIAN) on CRB signs and mulch site monitoring. Further outreach may be possible at the October HILA conference.
  • On 7/25/14 – Christy Martin of (CGAPS) and Arnold Hara of University of Hawaii at Mānoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), provided outreach at the Hawaii Export Nursery Association / Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association joint conference. They were able to reach approximately 75 attendees with general outreach on CRB signs and how to monitor mulch sites.
  • For the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) direct link to CRB information click here and for the most updated CRB flyer click here.
  • Beetle Fact:  Live beetles & larvae should only be handled with rubber or similar-type gloves as may they harbor bacteria, which can cause severe intestinal discomfort and/or diarrhea.
August 4 - 16, 2014 Update
  • The pre-existing buffer zone has not expanded during this period. 55 adults & 5 larvae were detected & 61 dead or damaged palms were removed during this reporting period. 55 new delimiting survey panel traps were deployed while 1,835 existing traps were serviced. 4 mulch sites were surveyed for CRB activity.
  • On 8/6/14 CRB Incident Command (IC) and military staff decided to take down panel traps in high wind exposure areas on JBPHH due to a possible hurricane landfall.
  • On 8/12/14 CRB Response Operations completed the deployment of 620 panel traps within a ten-mile radius of the current buffered areas around CRB detections.  This is a key milestone in accurately delimiting the CRB infestation on Oahu.
  • On 8/13/14 CRB IC Rob Curtiss (HDOA) was interviewed by Diane Ako of KHON2 News and by Catherine Cruz of KITV News regarding the tree removal on Māmala Bay Golf Course.  Click on the links above for these stories.
  • On 8/15/14 CRB Response Operations provided oversight of the removal of 56 out of 100 infested coconut palm trees at Māmala  Bay G. C. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH).  The tree removal was initiated by the JBPHH management plan and included the trimming of an additional 32 host trees to improve visual inspection activities.  Over the 4 day removal operation, 6 adult and 5 CRB larvae were detected.
  • Beetle Fact:  Although the coconut rhinoceros beetle may be one of the largest beetles currently in Hawaii (until it is eradicated), the largest beetle in the world is the Goliath Beetle which can reach 100 grams in weight and 20 centimeters long.
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 832-0585. Mahalo.
NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
WILLIAM AILA, JR
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
GARY GILL
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

Emily Montgomery, Planner: 808.587.4185 or Emily.C.Montgomery@hawaii.gov

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