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MHG Debuts Biodegradable PHA Fishing Lures at ICAST

Published on 2015-07-15. Author : SpecialChem

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. -- MHG’s CEO Paul Pereira exhibits at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Tradeshow (ICAST), where they are presenting the first ever certified biodegradable freshwater fishing lure, which is being produced by famous tackle company, Bill Lewis Lures, the maker of Rat-L-Trap™.

Fig. 1: MHG

The tradeshow from July 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. MHG is exhibiting alongside fishing supplier and manufacturer Adventure Products at booth 1624, where they are presenting and giving out Rat-L-Traps made out of Pure PHA bioplastic, while supplies last.

“Fishing is a seventy three billion dollar industry and the freshwater division makes up eighty two percent of it,” remarked Pereira, CEO of MHG. “Partnering with Rat-L-Trap to make these popular lures in a biodegradable form is a big step in reducing plastic pollution produced by the fishing industry.”

In addition to the partnership with Adventure Products, MHG also have a guest at the booth, Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Angler, JTodd Tucker. Tucker has tested the PHA lures and has firsthand experience regarding how they perform compared to the traditional Rat-L-Trap counterpart. The first footage of the PHA Rat-L-Traps being used during a fishing excursion can be viewed here.

In addition to performance, there has been positive feedback regarding the pilot production of the PHA Rat-L-Traps, including its ability to weld together better than the traditional plastic that’s been used. There have been no known production complications to date.

“The PHA has a lot of potential and I am very excited about what we’ve seen so far,” stated Wes Higgins, President of Bill Lewis Lures, the company who produces Rat-L-Traps. “I’m honored to have our name associated with research that could lead to conservation of our fishing resources.”

Bill Lewis Lures is the producer of the Original Rat-L-Trap lipless crankbait. The Rat-L-Trap™ has been referred to as “The Most Influential Fishing Lure” of all time in Outdoor Life’s Hall of Fame Fishing Lures article. Bill Lewis Lures also exhibits at ICAST.

ICAST is one of the world’s largest fishing trade shows, where the latest innovations in the fishing gear, apparel and accessories are showcased. The convention includes several events, seminars and press conferences. ICAST also includes a lure tank, which showcases the latest in hard and soft lures where attendees can analyze how the lures perform underwater.

MHG strives to create a greener tomorrow with renewable, sustainable, 100% biodegradable, and toxin free bioplastics for people at work and at home.

About MHG | The Biopolymer Company

As a recognized among the world leaders in the production of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymer, MHG specializes in customized formulations that combine PHA and PLA (polylactic acid) through a proprietary reactive extrusion process. MHG’s AgrofacturingTM system involves cold-pressing canola oil harvested from non-GMO canola seed, and manufacturing it into PHA. By sourcing locally grown canola, a rotation crop, MHG provides farmers with a market that does not compete with food harvests. Led by a group of world-class scientists and business leaders, MHG currently owns more than 125 patents across nearly 20 countries. MHG is headquartered in Bainbridge, Georgia, USA.

Source: MHG

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