Sunday, July 21, 2024

Turning Lionfish Into Wallets and Purses

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Who’d have thought that an invasive species like the Lionfish would be good for making wallets, purses and even sneakers?

Three avid scuba diving friends were looking to curb the invasive Lionfish problem off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean and realized the Lionfish skin could be turned into leather. They formed a company called INVERSA to do just that.

Fish Leather (Image credit: Teton Leather Company)
Lionfish Leather (Image credit: Teton Leather Company)

Earlier this month on World Oceans Day, the company was named one of the nine finalists for the Ocean Resilience Innovation Challenge (ORIC), led by the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA), which acts as an incubator by providing mentoring, leadership training and, for some, funding to help promising projects scale up.

ORRAA said of INVERSA:

“This organization manufactures the world’s first regenerative leather. Made from invasive lionfish, which can destroy local marine life, INVERSA Leathers helps solve an environmental crisis and helps fashion be more sustainable. INVERSA Leathers is based in Florida USA, but the shortlisted project will build well-equipped fishing cooperatives in Quintana Roo, Mexico, through underwriting fishers’ risk with a 100% catch-to-cash guarantee, financing the upfront re-tooling expenses for fishers to hunt and catch lionfish and offering premium incentives and prompt payment timelines.”

For more info about the company, go to inversaleathers.com.

INVERSA's Fish Leather made from Lionfish (Image credit: INVERSA)
INVERSA’s Fish Leather made from Lionfish (Image credit: INVERSA)
John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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