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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 (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 below the latest update or click here 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:

January 20-30, 2015 Update
  • 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.
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.
DAVID IGE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
CARTY CHANG
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
VIRGINIA PRESSLER, MD
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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