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.
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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January 20-30, 2015 Update
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.
- During this reporting period 54 adults and 1 CRB larva were detected.
- In this two week period, 5 barrel and 26 panel traps were deployed, and
- Two CRB damaged palms were reported during this reporting period and 2,805 palms were found free of CRB damage.
- Liaison Officer Randy Bartlett presented outreach to approximately 50 people at the Kailua Senior Citizens Club.
- Liaison Officer Randy Bartlett presented outreach to approximately 45 people at the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board #4 Meeting, approximately 65 people at the Ala Moana/Kaka`ako Neighborhood Board #11 Meeting, and Approximately 25 people at the Nu`uanu-Punchbowl Neighborhood Board #12 Meeting.
- Military liaison Rebecca Smith presented outreach training to approximately 20 USAF PACAF staff. In attendance via telecom was Air Force environmental reps from Alaska and Wake Island.
- Dr. Arnold Hara presented outreach to 70 Maui and 60 Big Island landscapers and golf course personnel at the Hawaii Grower Products Seminar that was credited for pesticide applicators education. Topics of discussion were CRB biology, damage, and control efforts.
- Liaison Officer Randy Bartlett and Crew Leader Nick Walvoord presented outreach to Makaha Golf Course staff.
- Beetle Fact – California alone produces 31,000 tons of dates valued at $42,000,000 (Nass 2013), and dates are susceptible to attack by CRB.