Yamaha Rightwaters supports the Billion Oyster Project, a community effort that has repopulated 75 million juvenile oysters in New York Harbor, near New York City.
Billion oyster project works with thousands of volunteers from over 100 New York City schools in five boroughs. Volunteers saw increased water visibility and diverse wildlife near 15 reef sites where the 75 million juvenile oysters are planted.
The project’s mission is to restore one billion bivalves by 2035.
Yamaha donates a Yamaha V MAX SHO 115 outboard to the non-profit project and the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School to power an aluminum Tuff Boat single scull, used for habitat restoration work and training of students in the operation and maintenance of ships.
“Oysters are essential to the health and sustainability of New York Harbor,” Richard Dorfman, waterfront director, Billion Oyster Project, said in a press release. “Yamaha’s donation will help us continue to operate our fleet as efficiently as possible and allow us to support oyster habitat restoration work with the help of students at Harbor School.
The organization recycled nearly two million pounds of oyster shells from New York City restaurants, using them to help reintroduce spat (young oysters) to the Hudson River, East River and waterways from the New York Harbor estuary.
Working with the Yamaha Marine Technical School Partner Program, Harbor School students will help install the Yamaha outboard motor on the project’s Tuff Boat. early 2022.
“Billion Oyster Project and the New York Harbor School have restored the marine habitats of one of America’s most historic waterways,” said Martin Peters, division director, government relations, Yamaha US Marine Business Unit. “We hope this new outboard motor will give staff and students the reliable power they need to carry out their missions for many years to come.