Lionfish Harvesting Robot - Phase III Public
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Native to the Indo-Pacific region, Lionfish are an invasive species in the Caribbean Sea introduced by aquarium owners releasing their pets. The lionfish population continues to grow and threaten marine life in the region. This MQP proposes a fully autonomous robot to kill and capture the invasive species. Building off of previous teams’ work, this year’s focus is on developing a new harvester, refined identification algorithm, and a navigation algorithm to be integrated into an off-the-shelf ROV, creating a self-contained lionfish capturing robot. The team was able to test three identification models, develop a new harvesting system, and navigate in the WPI swimming pool, laying solid groundwork for future teams to bring this project to fruition with a fully functional robot.
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