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West Marine, the country's largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, will announce the winner of its first annual Green Product of the Year contest, and present a selection of innovative new products for 2010 at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 11 at the West Marine booth at the Miami International Boat Show.

As part of West Marine's mission to ''preserve and protect the marine environment,'' the company launched its first annual Green Product of the Year contest with the intention of spurring innovation and development of green boating products.

At the press conference, West Marine's chairman and founder Randy Repass will announce the 2010 grand prize winner, and present a $10,000 award.

Click here for the full release.

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Expedition Great White's Chris Fischer is making an appearance at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show. The National Geographic Channel star will talk about his ground-breaking journey studying one of nature's most mysterious creatures.

The presentation takes place 5 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Big Game Room.

Fischer is the former host of ESPN's "Offshore Adventures." An advocate of ocean conservation, Fischer is a board member of The Billfish Foundation and recently founded Ocearch, a conservation organization dedicated to the protection and management of the world's marine resources, focusing on research, education/awareness, sustainability, and reducing marine debris.

Click here to view a video of Fischer landing a great white and for an interview.



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