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West Marine Press Release

$30,000 IN GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING AND CONSERVATION GROUPS West Marine to Announce Winning Applicants On World Oceans Day, June 8th

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (March 7, 2011)
In support of its ongoing efforts to improve and protect the marine environment, West Marine is launching their annual Marine Conservation Grants program.  Grants will be awarded to groups that offer conservation projects that are beneficial to recreational fishing and sustainable commercial fishing, while preserving marine resources. There will be five to ten grants awarded in amounts ranging from $500 -$5000 per recipient.  Applications are available online with the closing date for entries set for May 1, 2011.  Official rules and application information can be found at www.westmarine.com/grants.

“West Marine is pleased to encourage the efforts of anglers and conservation groups who are both working towards plentiful fish stocks for everyone,” said Randy Repass, Chairman of the Board and Founder of West Marine.  “We support a ‘Resource First’ approach so that future generations will be able to enjoy fishing as we have.”

The Marine Conservation Grants are awarded through a formal application process in which interested organizations must submit their proposal directly to West Marine.  All applications will be reviewed by the Marine Conservation Action Team (MCAT). Those applying must show sound financial policies and management with a key focus in marine conservation, habitat restoration and sustainable fisheries. These activities may cover ocean science and conservation projects that relate to key marine species, water quality, sustainable ocean use, etc.

West Marine has donated over $4,650,000 to non-profit organizations that support youth boating, boating safety and the marine environment. For more information about the Marine Conservation Grants program, please visit www.westmarine.com/grants.

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West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 325 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 60,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).