Yamaha Marine Group government relations manager Martin Peters was appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council.
Peters is one of 15 council members and will serve a three-year term.
“Martin Peters has been at the forefront of Yamaha’s communication and advocacy efforts on behalf of recreational fishing and boating,” Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said in a statement.
“During the last five years he has conducted more than 250 meetings with members of Congress and put an online advocacy system in place which allows concerned boaters to voice their opinions by sending letters to Congress. Martin is passionate about conservation of our nation’s marine resources, as well as the growth of our industry, and he will be a great asset to the council.”
The National Marine Sanctuary BAC includes representatives from the travel and tourism, recreation, fishing, transportation, energy and technology sectors, corporate foundations and other businesses that derive profit from marine resources or have interest in marine natural and cultural resources.
The BAC provides advice in marine resource protection; assessment of the economic, social, and cultural value of national marine sanctuaries and other marine protected areas; leveraging the recreational and aesthetic values of national marine sanctuaries for building strong local, national and international economies; and the development of joint initiatives and projects with the goal of sustaining and protecting special marine places.
“Martin’s new role on NOAA’s Sanctuary BAC will give the recreational boating industry a voice that it previously did not have within a process that has implications for our customers,” Speciale said. “We are excited that Yamaha, and the recreational boating industry, will now have a formal seat at the table during NOAA’s decision-making process as the agency considers policies that concern public resources that are critical to our industry.”
Peters serves on the Natural Resources Policy Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, the Government Relations Committee of the Center for Sportfishing Policy and the Government Relations Committee of the American Sportfishing Association.
He also is chairman of the Boat PAC at the National Marine Manufacturers Association.