Yamaha Rightwaters has announced it will sponsor Ducks Unlimited Gulf Coast Initiative, a wetland rebuilding project in Texas and Louisiana that aims to restore areas lost to erosion, subsidence and sea level rise.
Over the next three years, Yamaha Rightwaters will contribute $225,000 to Ducks Unlimited, the company said in a statement.
“The Yamaha Rightwaters team recognizes the importance of rebuilding wetlands and saltmarshes in the fight against ocean acidification,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam. “Gulf Coast wetlands are among the most productive habitats in North America and, tragically, also the continent’s most rapidly disappearing wetland system. That’s why DU is working with conservation sponsors like Yamaha to invest nearly $16 million this year alone in projects through the Gulf Coast Initiative.”
The organization will work with the Meraux Foundation Terracing Project in Louisiana and the Sargent Marsh Shoreline Protection Project in Texas to construct marsh terraces and build rock breakwaters. Both will increase habitat and structure for important recreational and commercial wildlife and act as protection against erosion and flooding.
“These Ducks Unlimited projects focus on habitat restoration as a means of enhancing the overall quality and sustainability of the wetlands. Habitat restoration is also an important cornerstone of the Yamaha Rightwaters mission,” said Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit president Ben Speciale. “The sequestration of carbon dioxide through these efforts plays a critical role in preserving and sustaining healthy fisheries for generations to come. We look forward to the progress we will make together in Louisiana and Texas.”