Yamaha Marine, and its 1,350 employees in Georgia, is sponsoring a cleanup in all six of Georgia’s coastal counties. The coastal Georgia cleanup effort coincides with World Oceans Day on June 8. Teams of volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. June 8 in 10 locations throughout the Peach State’s coastal areas to begin cleanup missions that will prevent land litter from becoming marine debris. All cleanup supplies and volunteers will receive event T-shirts while supplies last.

The Georgia coastal cleanup effort unites 18 nonprofit, educational and governmental organizations in a simultaneous removal of litter. This is the first year for Yamaha Marine’s participation in the event.

Three participating cleanups will take place in the Golden Isles:

St. Simons Island beach sweep and 41 public access points cleanup — Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Old Coast Guard Station beach access. Hosted by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful and UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Contact KGIB for more information at info.kbgib@gmail.com or 912-279-1490.

Jekyll Island beach sweep — Meet at 9 a.m. at Great Dunes Park pavilion. Hosted by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Contact GSTC for more information at gstcvolunteer@jekyllisland.com or 912-635-4444.

Fancy Bluff Park cleanup, in western Glynn County. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Fancy Bluff Park off U.S. Highway 17 near exit 29 of Interstate 95 (190 Andy Tostensen Road). Hosted by Glynn Environmental Coalition. Contact GEC for more information at rachael@glynnenvironmental.org or 912-466-0934

“Yamaha has supported many conservation projects over the years, but this year marks the launch of Yamaha Rightwaters, a broad reaching national sustainability initiative that will fight to improve habitat, control invasive species, support scientific research and remove and properly dispose of plastics from our waterways.” said Martin Peters, senior manager, government telations, Yamaha Marine U.S. Business Unit. “Yamaha Rightwaters will also include a public information campaign designed to increase awareness about threats to our waterways and resources. Sponsoring a coast-wide cleanup in our home state on World Oceans Day is a great way to launch Yamaha Rightwaters and bring national attention to the plight of our oceans.”

“Joining forces across Georgia’s coastal region in not only addressing marine debris and coastal land litter but also simultaneously removing it is huge for our state,” said Keep Golden Isles Beautiful Executive Director Lea King-Badyna. “Teaming with Yamaha for this endeavor bolsters local efforts and expands our reach, our voice and positive impact.”

Volunteers are needed at all three of the Golden Isles Yamaha Rightwaters cleanups and interested parties can contact the host organizations for more info.