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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December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015 Update
The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle eradication response has made great progress on Oahu since the discovery of the first beetle in a trap on December 23, 2013. A Unified HDOA/USDA Incident Command was established January 10, 2014. Since then the program has deployed 89 bucket/barrel traps and serviced them a total of 3,005 times, and 2,667 panel traps have been serviced a total of 43,651 times since the first trap was hung in January. The program has surveyed 95,295 palms in 256 square miles of accessible land on Oahu, and detected 126 damaged palms, 162 standing dead and stumps, and removed 133 of these dead and damaged palms to date. In addition, breeding site surveys have located 291 potential, but not currently infested mulch piles, and 9 active breeding sites. Of those 9 active breeding sites, all have been, or are in the process of being destroyed and removed. 3,520 cubic yards of mulch have been eliminated using in-vessel composting, and over 100 tons of green waste has been destroyed in an air curtain burner. Since the first detection of a beetle in a trap, and the subsequent discovery of a breeding site at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, 1220 adult, 1550 larvae, and 25 pupae have been found on base, and 66 adults and 0 larvae and pupae have been found off base. Not including media releases and web-casts, 60 outreach events have been conducted, reaching an estimated 6,200 people directly. An estimated 90,000 person hours have been expended on eradication activities since this program began. The enormous progress made in this program would not have been possible without the dedicated network of partners; especially our armed forces partners, the CRB field survey team, and the support of our leadership. There is still much work to be done, but the past year’s accomplishments have set the stage for success.
Mahalo for your support!
CRB Incident Commander
Beetle Fact: The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle has only been eradicated once, on Niuatoputapu Island in Tonga in 1931, seven years after its discovery. The eradication was successful due to strict sanitation procedures employed to remove all breeding sites.
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.