Yamaha Marine Group president to testify at hearing in Alaska

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Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale will testify next week at a U.S. Senate field hearing held by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard.

Speciale will provide his testimony during the hearing at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The hearing, which precedes the 25th annual Kenai River Classic fishing event, will focus on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and will include testimony from prominent members of the recreational fishing and boating industry.

Speciale plans to provide testimony about the far-reaching economic impact of the recreational fishing industry.

Titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges in Alaska,” the hearing aims to discuss major issues affecting the management of federal fisheries and access to federal waters.

The Magnuson-Steven Act is the nation’s primary saltwater fishery management law. Yamaha will stream a live video of the hearing.

Yamaha has sponsored the Kenai River Classic every year since the event began.

Hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of the Kenai River, the annual three-day invitation fishing event is held each summer to raise funds for habitat restoration projects, fisheries education, research and management.

The event has raised more than $14 million during the last 25 years.

In addition to supporting the association, Yamaha is an active corporate member of leading national marine conservation organizations, including the American Sportfishing Association; the Center for Sportfishing Policy; the Coastal Conservation Association; the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; the Recreational Fishing Alliance; The Billfish Foundation; and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

Read more about the event in Trade Only Today next week.