Suzuki Marine Participates in Release of Baby Sea Turtles

Suzuki Marine USA, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki Marine Thailand and Royal Thai Navy join forces to support endangered sea turtles.
Releasing sea turtles
Suzuki Marine USA joined forces with representatives of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki Marine Thailand, and the Royal Thai Navy to release newly hatched sea turtles into their native ocean habitat. Courtesy Suzuki Marine USA

Suzuki Marine USA recently joined forces with representatives of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki Marine Thailand and the Royal Thai Navy to release newly hatched baby sea turtles into their native ocean habitat, demonstrating Suzuki’s ongoing commitment to supporting the marine environment and the global CLEAN OCEAN PROJECT initiative. Suzuki Marine USA takes this commitment seriously both at home and around the world, teaming up with partners to raise awareness, take action and make significant changes to enhance the marine environment worldwide.

On Sunday, December 4, more than 90 people gathered on Nai Yang Beach in Phuket’s beautiful Sirinat National Park, an historically important egg laying site for sea turtles. Turtle hatchlings face a range of dangers from natural predators, and this is the way of nature.  Outside elements from humans, however, further reduce the hatchling’s chances of survival to roughly five percent. The largest human contributor to this low survival rate is plastic debris in the world’s oceans. This danger can take a variety of forms, from entanglement with plastic trash to the mistaken ingestion of small bits of plastic, causing injury and death.

Turtles dashing to safety
Turtles dash to the safety of the sea after being released by employees of Suzuki Marine USA, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki Marine Thailand and the Royal Thai Navy. Courtesy Suzuki Marine USA

Working with the Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Center, participants from the United States, Japan and Thailand helped release the baby turtles, cheering them on as they scuttled their way across the sand to the water’s edge. It is hoped that many will someday return to this beach to lay their own eggs.

This special event was coordinated with Suzuki Marine USA’s Top Dealer Trip to Thailand, allowing more than 40 Suzuki Marine USA dealers to share in this unique event and gain a better understanding of Suzuki’s global commitment to key environmental issues. Among the participants were 10 Suzuki Marine USA representatives, including George “Gus” Blakely, Executive Vice President Sales & Service, and Kunihiko Wahira, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing. 

Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan was represented by Mr. Yasuharu Osawa, Managing Officer and Executive General Manager of Global Marine Operations. Also joining in this collaborative effort were Mr. Shigeru Mikanose and Mr. Solot Musikasopon of Suzuki Marine Thailand. Several representatives of the Thai Royal Navy were also on hand and played an important role in this collaborative effort.

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“This was a great experience and learning opportunity for our visiting dealers and our Suzuki Marine USA team,” said George “Gus” Blakely. “Tying this event together with our Top Dealer Trip to Thailand was a great way to share our commitment to the environment and demonstrate our belief in putting your values into action.  It was especially gratifying to partner with like-minded people from around the world to share ideas and work towards a common goal. After learning more about the human impacts on sea turtles, we’re even more committed to Suzuki’s CLEAN OCEANS PROJECT efforts to clean up the environment and reduce plastic waste around the world,” added Blakely.

About Suzuki Marine: Suzuki is a leading manufacturer of 4-stroke outboard motors ranging from the ultra-portable 2.5 horsepower to the flagship DF350 V-6 with contra-rotating dual propellers.  Over the years, Suzuki outboards have won nine Innovation Awards from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) for motors as small as 25 horsepower, demonstrating Suzuki’s commitment to making the best technology available to the widest possible audience.  Over the past few years, Suzuki Marine USA opened a U.S. Marine Technical Center in Panama City, Florida and moved to a new corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida, to be closer to the heart of the U.S. boating industry and boating capital of the country.  Through its CLEAN OCEAN PROJECT, regional cleanup and habitat restoration efforts around the world, and company-wide plastic waste reduction efforts, Suzuki has demonstrated a commitment to protecting coastal and marine habitat at home and around the world.