Can killer robots save ocean ecosystems?

Story highlights

  • iRobot CEO launches company to produce lionfish killer machine
  • The invasive fish are devastating marine ecosystems
  • Machines will electrocute and collect lionfish

(CNN)Few predators can match the devastating impact of the lionfish.

Since arriving in US waters in the 1980s, these fearsome creatures have left a trail of destruction along the Atlantic Coast, from Rhode Island to Venezuela.
Lionfish can reduce a flourishing coral reef to barren wasteland in a matter of weeks. Native fish, unfamiliar with the new arrival, do not know to avoid it, and the predator gorges to the point of obesity.