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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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September 4-17, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 26 adults detected (of 2,793 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 2 adults detected (of 358 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance & Trapping
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
    • 3,270 trap services conducted on 3,147 total traps during this reporting period.
    • 2 new panel traps & 3 barrel traps installed at UH West O`ahu Campus.
    • 2 new panel traps installed on NOAA Ewa station.
    • 2 new panel traps installed in Kaka`ako area.
    • Mulch site resurveys at Pearl City Peninsula detected 76 third-instar CRB larvae & 13 CRB pupae. Field crew is increasing the frequency of surveys in the area.
    • Mulch sites at NOAA Ewa station surveyed negative for CRB.
    • Green waste at Mamala Bay Golf Course surveyed negative for CRB.
    • Newly planted palm damage survey at Kaka`ako detected no CRB-damaged palms.
    • Removed palm inspection conducted at Mamala Bay GC - negative for CRB.
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 29 members of the public interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
    • 3 businesses were interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
    • 19 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
    • Presentations made to In Peace – Keiki Early Steps activity at Pokai Bay (150) & Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kane`ohe (25).
    • Participated in IUCN World Conservaion Congress 2016 at Hawaii Convention Center (10,000+ registered attendees), HDOA open house (350), Malama Learning Center meeting, 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.
  • Beetle Fact
    • Survey: In Yemen, peaks in the population occur around March (Al-Habshi et al., 2006).

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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