Yamaha Marine Group endorsed a Senate bill that the company said is intended to strengthen research and international coordination of anti-debris efforts to protect the country’s oceans, coastlines and inland waterways.
Senate Bill 756, the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, was introduced by Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). It unanimously cleared the Senate Commerce Committee on April 5 and awaits action by the full Senate.
Yamaha said the bill would reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program, allowing for additional funds to help with debris cleanup and encouraging the executive branch to engage with nationals responsible for the majority of marine debris.
“When Senator Sullivan told us about the Save Our Seas Act in mid-March, we were eager to support it,” Yamaha Marine Group senior manager for government relations Martin Peters said in a statement.
“Keeping America’s oceans and waterways clean is very important to boaters and anglers, and we encourage the entire industry to send letters in support of this bill to their congressmen through Yamaha Marine Advocacy or BassforSalt.com.”