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Nantes Expo rewards innovation at awards

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From left: Marukyu’s Osamu Ashina and John Loftus with Masazumi Miyazawa, of Pescanautic – winner of the Hooks/Jigs/Bait Award at Nantes.
↑ The Zeppelin, from Nowe Services, picked up the Motorboats Award at Nantes Expo.
↑ Top French fishing tackle manufacturer, Sert, was a winner in the lures section for its Sakura Real Life series.

Exponantes, organiser of the annual Salon des Peche en Mer, presented its fifth Innovation Awards at the recent show in Nantes, France.

The awards were launched at what is one of Europe’s biggest sea fishing and boating events to reward innovation, creativity, quality and functionality. They also take into account which products and ideas are likely to appeal to the greatest number of people.

In addition to recognising outstanding products, the independent jury also acknowledges exceptional initiatives dedicated to protecting the environment and natural resources.

The ten awards are split into three categories – fishing equipment, fishing boats and fittings and sustainable development.

2013 Award Winners

Fishing equipment category


Composites GM –  the Hot Rod ‘Intuition’.


Sert – Sakura ‘Real Life’ series.


Pescanautic – Marukyu’s Uni Dango sea groundbait.

 Boats and boating category


Nowe Services – The Zeppelin.

Non-motorised boat

Nautiraid – The Coracle 190.

Sea fishing equipment (excluding electronics)

Ateliers Maritimes Baulois (AMB) – Odeo Laser Distress Flare.

Hardware and electronics

Navicom – 360 Imaging.

Sustainable development

The best initiative to protect natural resources

Ultimate Fishing – ‘A 2 bars (bass) Release The Pressure’ – a campaign to encourage responsible fishing and limit the impact on resources.

Special Jury Award

Daiwa – Mag Sealed technology.

Special Exponantes Award

Beneteau – The Barracuda 7.5 motorboat.


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