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Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale to Testify at U.S. Senate Field Hearing Prior to 2017 Kenai River Classic

Posted 8/18/2017

Live video feed of hearing available on Yamaha Outboards YouTube

Soldotna, Alaska, August 18, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale will testify at a U.S. Senate field hearing held by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska from 1:00-4:00 p.m. AKDT, 5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT.
 
The hearing, which precedes the 25th annual Kenai River Classic tournament, will focus on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and will include testimony from prominent members of the recreational fishing and boating industry. Speciale plans to provide testimony about the far-reaching economic impacts of the recreational fishing industry.
 
Entitled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges in Alaska,” the hearing aims to discuss major issues affecting the management of federal fisheries and access to federal waters. The Magnuson-Steven Act (MSA) is the nation’s primary saltwater fishery management act. 
 
To view a live video stream of the hearing, please visit https://www.youtube.com/yamahaoutboardsusa on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. AKDT, 5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT.
 
Dedicated to supporting national marine conservation efforts, Yamaha Marine has sponsored the Kenai River Classic every year since the tournament’s inception.  Hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of the Kenai River, the Classic is an annual three-day invitation fishing event held each summer to raise funds for habitat restoration projects, fisheries education, research and management. During the last 25 years, the Kenai River Classic has raised more than $14 million. 
 
In addition to supporting KRSA, Yamaha Marine is also an active corporate member of leading national marine conversation organizations including:  the American Sportfishing Association®, the Center for Sportfishing Policy, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation®, the Recreational Fishing Alliance, The Billfish Foundation®, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
 
Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.