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SAVE THE OCEAN — EAT FISH
NOAA says lionfish is delectable.
Granted February 23, 2021 10925266
The lionfish, a native of the Western Pacific Ocean, is a venomous, voracious predator that's flourishing in coastal waters of the U.S. Southeast and the Caribbean. This invasive species has the potential to harm reef ecosystems because it is a top predator that competes for food and space with overfished native stocks such as snapper and grouper. Scientists fear that lionfish will kill off helpful species such as algae-eating parrotfish, allowing seaweed to overtake the reefs. NOAA scientists researching the lionfish’s spread and impact are now encouraging a seafood market as one way to mitigate the species’ impacts on reef communities.
There is a need for increased capacity for removal of lionfish and is a growing demand for lionfish in the seafood market. Existing traps do not capture lionfish in numbers large enough to offer potential in exerting control over deep water populations. This could be partly because lionfish, which prey on live fish and invertebrates, are not attracted to the baits commonly used in existing traps. Studies have shown that they are attracted to the structure of the trap itself. There is a need for trap designs that exclusively target and capture lionfish. There is a need for lionfish entrapment device that provides an increased lionfish capture success rate while reducing bycatch (fish or other marine species caught unintentionally while catching the lionfish) and reducing other impact on the environment.
Enter NOAA's Patent 10,925,266, Apparatus for harvesting lionfish. Enabling bigger harvests of lion fish to control the ocean environment and to feed people. NOAA advises that once stripped of its venomous spines, cleaned, and filleted like any other fish, the lionfish becomes delectable seafood fare.See the Invention In Action Here
From the FedInvent Innovation Ecosphere
USDA Digital Innovation
$3.4 billion for 280 AgTech Digital Infrastructure Projects
My view is that people are creative animals and will figure out clever ways to use tools that the inventor never imagined.
On the language of innovation…
The difficulty of forming a clear conception of the subject is increased by the fact that while we have to deal with novel and strange facts, we have also to use old words in novel and inconsistent senses.