Yamaha Rightwaters™ Helps Center for Coastal Studies Repower Marine Mammal Rescue Boat

KENNESAW, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yamaha Rightwaters™ continues its support of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., by helping the marine rescue organization repower a boat with new 300-horsepower outboards. The F300s will power the twin-engine Ibis, a whale disentanglement vessel used to assist with several research and rescue programs in the Cape Cod Bay area.


“The Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team, which at times goes far offshore, needs a vessel that’s fast and reliable in order to successfully disentangle sea animals,” Dr. Sarah Oktay, CCS Executive Director. “These new outboards will help save whales and sea turtles for years to come, and we are grateful for Yamaha’s support of this important work.”

The Center for Coastal Studies focuses on marine habitats and the animals that live within it. The Center has studied humpback and North Atlantic right whales for more than 35 years, which includes curating the Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog, surveying the critically-endangered right whale (with only 336 whales remaining) and operating the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team, which disentangles whales and sea turtles caught in fishing gear.

“The Yamaha Rightwaters team initiated a relationship with the Center for Coastal studies in 2017 and applauds the organization’s dedication and tenacity to preserving marine life. To date, the Center is responsible for disentangling more than 200 large whales and other marine animals in distress,” said John O’Keefe, Senior Specialist, Government Relations, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “Yamaha Rightwaters holds steadfast to principles of conservation and stewardship of all marine resources, and we look forward to extending our support of the Center as the team continues to promote research and marine conservation in the Northeastern coastal regions of the U.S.”

About Center for Coastal Studies: The Center conducts scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine; promotes stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems; conducts educational activities and provides educational resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems, and collaborates with other institutions and individuals whenever possible to advance the Center’s mission.

Yamaha Rightwaters is a national sustainability program that encompasses all of Yamaha Marine’s conservation and water quality efforts. Program initiatives include habitat restoration, support for scientific research, mitigation of invasive species, the reduction of marine debris and environmental stewardship education. Yamaha Rightwaters reinforces Yamaha’s long-standing history of natural resource conservation, support of sustainable recreational fishing and water resources and Angler Code of Ethics, which requires pro anglers to adhere to principles of stewardship for all marine resources.

Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit, based in Kennesaw, Ga., is responsible for the sales, marketing, and distribution of Yamaha Marine products in the U.S. including Yamaha Outboards, Yamaha WaveRunners®, Yamaha Boats, G3® Boats and Skeeter® Boats. Supporting 2,400 dealers and boat builders nationwide, Yamaha is the industry leader in reliability, performance, technology and customer service.

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Nicholas Genesi

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Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit

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