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1. WO2021007442 - SYSTEM INCLUDING A SELF-POWERED, LIGHT-BASED, BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A device for reducing bycatch, comprising:

a housing, including:

an outer tube including a first opening defined along a first end and a second opening along a second end opposite the first end, the outer tube further defining a chamber defined between the first opening and the second opening,

a first endcap positioned over the first opening of the outer tube, and a second endcap positioned over the second opening of the outer tube to enclose the chamber; and

an electrical assembly positioned within the chamber of the housing,

including:

a circuit including a microcontroller,

a battery in operable communication with the circuit,

a solar cell in operable communication with the microcontroller that charges the battery, and

a light emitting diode in operable communication with the

microcontroller and powered by the battery that illuminates selectively according to the microcontroller.

2. The device of claim 1 , wherein the battery is rechargeable, and the solar cell and the battery collectively form an internal self-powering and renewable charge circuit devoid of moving parts to reduce biofouling.

3. The device of claim 1 , wherein the light emitting diode (LED) includes a plurality of LED bars positioned along different predetermined sides of the housing.

4. The device of claim 1 , wherein the microcontroller is configured to vary a wavelength of light emitted by the light emitting diode according to a target ocean organism.

5. The device of claim 1 , wherein the microcontroller is configured to execute a blinking mode such that the light emitting diode blinks for a predetermined time period and minimizes energy consumption from the battery.

6. The device of claim 1 , wherein the solar cell includes a plurality of solar cells wrapped along the chamber of the housing.

7. The device of claim 1 , wherein the housing is formed of a polycarbonate material and is at least partially transparent to accommodate illumination by the light emitting diode through the housing.

8. The device of claim 1 , further comprising:

a receiver positioned along the housing and in operable communication with the microcontroller; and

a remote in operative communication with the receiver and the microcontroller, the remote including a plurality of input controls for executing predetermined functions for illuminating the light emitting diode.

9. The device of claim 1 , wherein the housing is formed with a cylindrical shape configuration resembling a buoy and is mechanically coupled to a net.

10. The device of claim 1 , wherein the first endcap and the second endcap are

sealed along the first opening and the second opening respectively to form a permanent waterproof seal.