West Marine seeks applications for conservation grants

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West Marine is seeking applications for marine conservation grants between $500 and $5,000 that it will award to five to 10 recipients.

The 2014 Marine Conservation Grants will 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 the winners selected by West Marine’s Marine Conservation Action Team.

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 and 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.

The closing date for entries is May 1. Winners will be announced on World Oceans Day, which is June 8.

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