West Marine launches Marine Conservation Grants program

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — West Marine is launching a Marine Conservation Grants program and donating $30,000 to local recreational fishing and conservation organizations, according to a release from the company.

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 to $5,000 per recipient.

Applications are available online beginning today, World Oceans Day. The closing date for entries is Sept. 1, and official rules and application information can be found at West Marine's website.

“West Marine is proud to offer Marine Conservation Grants to recreational angling and conservation groups who are pro-resource,” Randy Repass, chairman of the board and founder of West Marine, said in the release. “We believe that all recreational fishing and marine conservation groups should work together to improve marine habitats and support healthy fish stocks.”

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