A car company headquartered in Torrance made a big announcement today.

Honda has established the Honda Marine Foundation to address marine ecosystem restoration and the impact of humans and climate change on oceans and intertidal areas. The initiative was inspired by the Japanese concept of Sato-Umi, the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can coexist.

The foundation will support science-based programs that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations. The first project they’re looking to tackle is the Southern California Native Oyster Restoration Project, which will be in partnership with UC Santa Barbara. It will look at research to educate the public about the benefits of restoring native oysters for shoreline stabilization.

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