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West Marine Press Release

WEST MARINE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR $30,000 IN MARINE CONSERVATION GRANTS – Marine Grant Program Open Now through May 1, Winners Announced on World Oceans Day, June 8th

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (March 20, 2012)

In support of its ongoing efforts to improve and protect the marine environment, West Marine is seeking applications for Marine Conservation Grants, a program and donating $30,000 to local recreational fishing and conservation organizations. The 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 at www.westmarine.com/bluefuture. The closing date for entries is May 1, 2012 and the winners will be announced on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2012.

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 and sustainable ocean use.

Since 1994, West Marine has donated over $4,700,000 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/bluefuture.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 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 75,000 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).