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NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap
Monday, April 26, 2021

NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap

Device could help protect threatened ecosystems and aid fishing communities

Over the last 20 years, invasive lionfish populations have dramatically increased throughout the western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Lionfish have already caused a decline in native species that have significant ecological, cultural, and commercial value. Further impacts on coral reefs and other important ecosystems are anticipated, but not yet fully understood. Fortunately, as the threat of lionfish has intensified, so too have the levels of awareness and concern among not just scientists and fishers, but among members of the public. NOAA’s recently-patented lionfish trap could be a solution that offers both ecological and commercial benefits. The trap is shaped like a change purse and is constructed primarily out of a hinged steel frame, attached netting, and a centrally-located vertical panel called a “fish attraction device”.
Deepwater Lionfish Trap (U.S. Patent Pending)
Monday, March 6, 2017

Deepwater Lionfish Trap (U.S. Patent Pending)

Designs for Two New Deepwater Traps Released

NOAA scientists have developed two new trap designs that can target invasive lionfish in deep water and reduce negative effects on native species that are ecologically, recreationally, or commercially important. 
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