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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle alert: No taking of coconuts from CRB quarantined areas on Rota

(DLNR) — The Department of Lands and Natural Resources is advising the general public that there is no taking of coconuts, coconut palm leaves, soil or any other organic matter from CRB quarantined areas at the Tweeksberry Beach Park and Liyo Conservation Area at the former Paupau Hotel site.

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On Sunday, Aug. 11, between 10:15 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday morning, certain individual(s) took it upon themselves to enter the Tweeksberry Beach Park by unleashing the wired gate that closed off vehicular access. They drove in and collected fallen coconuts along the roadside, even though signage prohibiting such activity was present.

This foolish behavior puts the entire island of Rota at high risk for CRB spreading throughout the island.

DLNR asks for the public’s support by letting your friends, family, acquaintances and even those that you don’t know that the taking of coconuts, soil or any other natural organic matter from CRB quarantined areas is prohibited.

The CRB is not restricted to coconut trees. Adult CRB’s primary host plants are coconuts and other palm trees such as the African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis); minor host plants for adult CRBs include other species of palms, taro, tree fern, banana, pandanus, bamboo and sugarcane. Larval habitat for CRB larvae include rotting coconut wood or trunk, followed by rotting breadfruit, daok (Calophyllum inophyllum), mango and pandanus.

Let us not spread the CRB’s range. Please help keep Rota and the Mariana Islands CRB free.