[Taxacom] lionfish (and robot hunter-killers for conservation)

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Mon Aug 27 21:35:59 CDT 2018

millions of nanobots to go after them :)

On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 9:23 PM, Kenneth Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com> wrote:

>      It sounds somewhat similar to the lionfish "zapper" that stuns the
> iionfish and sucks it into a collection chamber.  However, the zapper is
> not autonomous.  But both devices look fairly expensive, compared to teams
> of scuba-diving hunters (like the reefrangers) who can get by with just
> simple spears.  I guess each method has advantages and disadvantages.
>        But whatever the method, can it keep up with an increasing
> population of lionfish?  A female can apparently produce over a million
> eggs a year and the larvae can disperse over long distances.
>                            -----------------Ken
> lionfish zapper:  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/lionfish-
> zapper-hits-open-seas
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> on behalf of John
> Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Monday, August 27, 2018 6:42 PM
> *To:* taxacom
> *Subject:* [Taxacom] robot hunter-killers for conservation
> Apologies if this is a little off topic, but most taxonomists have some
> interest in species conservation. so hopefully this will be excused. Just
> came to my attention that some student researchers are developing an
> autonomous robot to hunt invasive lion-fish in coral reef communities.
> Computer vision will enable the robot to spot the fish and jab them with
> one of its eight spears. Each spear is detachable and buoyant so each kill
> rises to the surface. Not in action yet, but an interesting possibility.
> Just hope no one ‘reprograms’ them.
> John Grehan
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