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Fish Trap Extension Kit for Lionfish Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0059
Agency Tracking Number: 16-2-054
Amount: $399,978.99
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.2N
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2016-2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-21
Small Business Information
2200 Kraft Drive Suite 1350
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States
DUNS: 071131902
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brent  Roeder
 (781) 449-2284
Business Contact
 Brent  Roeder
Phone: (781) 449-2284
Research Institution

R3 Digital Sciences (R3-DS) will develop and commercialize the Fish Trap Extension Kit
(FTEK), and electromechanical device that will extend the capabilities of existing fish traps, and
convert them from indiscriminate traps into “smart traps” capable of targeting specific fish types.
To eliminate lionfish bycatch, the FTEK will enable existing commercial spiny lobster traps to
autonomously detect, discriminate, and capture lionfish, while preventing other animals from
entering the trap. In addition, the FTEK will detect anomalous trap conditions and be able to
render a trap inert by permanently closing the trap entrance. This will eliminate the ghost fishing
problems associated with conventional fish traps.

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