West Marine To Offer Marine Conservation Grants

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.