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West Marine Seeks Applicants For $30,000 In Marine Conservation Grants

Marine Grant Program Open Now Through May 1; Winners to be Announced on World Oceans Day, June 8

WATSONVILLE, Calif., March 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In support of its ongoing efforts to improve and conserve the marine environment, West Marine is seeking applications for Marine Conservation Grants. Five to ten grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 per recipient. Applications are available online at www.westmarine.com/bluefuture . The closing date for entries is May 1, 2014, and winners will be announced on World Oceans Day, which is June 8, 2014.

The 2014 Marine Conservation Grants will again focus on projects that enhance fish populations, including those that:

  • engage anglers in data collection
  • enhance marine habitats
  • educate anglers about fish barotrauma

Grants will be awarded through a formal application process. Interested organizations must submit their proposal directly to West Marine. All applications will be reviewed and winners selected by West Marine's Marine Conservation Action Team (MCAT).

Preference will be given to organizations that have neighboring West Marine stores and that engage West Marine Associates and Customers in conservation and data collection efforts. Applicants must demonstrate sound financial policies and management for their organization, as well as scientific substantiation for their projects.

Since 1994, West Marine has donated nearly $5 million 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

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With 287 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter. From cruisers to sailors to anglers to paddle sport enthusiasts, West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, Inc., its products and store locations, visit  westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT:
         Elisa Williams
         West Marine
         530.380.BOAT
         elisalwilliams@gmail.com

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