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Former Yamaha president joins conservation group

Yamaha Marine Group past president Phil Dyskow was recently named a legacy lifetime member of the newly formed Coastal Conservation Association California.

Yamaha Marine Group past president Phil Dyskow was recently named a legacy lifetime member of the newly formed Coastal Conservation Association California in an appointment that notes his continued efforts on behalf of U.S. recreational anglers and boaters.

"Phil Dyskow is a true champion for all U.S. recreational anglers and boaters," Coastal Conservation Association California president Bill Shedd said in a statement. “Through his membership, CCA California gains an incredible, experienced, and talented resource who will, without a doubt, help our mission to unite California’s anglers for conservation.”

Dyskow also was recently reappointed to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. He will serve as vice chairman of the council’s Boats and Associated Equipment subcommittee.

“Phil Dyskow has long been at the forefront of boating and angler rights advocacy and has dedicated the past five years of his life to marine conservation, as well as the protection and growth of both the boating and fishing industries,” current Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said. “I congratulate Phil on his tremendous efforts on behalf of the marine industry and thank him for his continued dedication to the good of our industry.”

Dyskow was the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States. He joined Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. in 1981 as one of the first employees involved in the initial research, planning and introduction of Yamaha outboards into the U.S. market.

In 1997 he became president of the Yamaha Marine Group, and he held that position until he retired in May 2010. During his tenure Yamaha’s share of the market grew dramatically, and the company now supplies more than a third of all outboards sold in the United States.

Dyskow continues to serve Yamaha as senior adviser to Speciale.

In 2011 the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed him to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises NOAA on fisheries issues, and in 2012 he began serving on the boating safety council. Established in 1971, the council is responsible for advising the Coast Guard on developing and promulgating standards and regulations pertaining to the construction of recreational boats.

Dyskow also is a member of the board of the Kenai River Sports Fishing Association.

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