West Marine announces 2011 MCAT winning grants

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — West Marine announced the recipients of its annual Marine Conservation Grants program. This year, the company offered $30,000 in grants for non-profit groups in the U.S. who are working to protect and improve marine habitat.

This years grant recipients are located in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and California.

The recipients are The Snook & Gamefish Foundations Angler Action Program, Florida, for its education, conservation and research into game fish populations; the Coastal Conservation Association, North Carolina, to build 12 oyster reefs near Hampstead, N.C.; the Atlantic Tuna Project, New Jersey, to support a tuna tagging project; the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) & the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermens Association (MSSA), Maryland, to fund a partnership to enhance oyster populations and fish habitat in the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay; Save the Bay, California, to fund the Community-Based Restoration Program to restore the San Francisco Bay tidal marsh habitat; Mote Marine Lab, Florida, to replace old instruments that monitor the health of Sarasota Bay; and The Sportfishing Conservancy, California, to encourage catch-and-release fishing trips.

Marine Conservation Grants are awarded through a formal application, which is reviewed by the Marine Conservation Action Team. Since 1994, West Marine has donated over $4,600,000 to non-profit organizations that support youth boating, boating safety and the marine environment.

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