Marine Conservation Grants available from West Marine

Published online: Mar 06, 2013 News
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Do you have an idea for marine conservation but don't have the funds to get it started? West Marine is looking after you because we want to see the areas where we enjoy pontooning stay the same or get better!

In support of its ongoing efforts to improve and conserve the marine environment, West Marine is seeking applications for Marine Conservation Grants. There will be five to ten grants awarded in amounts ranging from $500 -$5000 per recipient.  Applications are available online at http://www.westmarine.com/bluefuture . The closing date for entries is May 1, 2013 and the winners will be announced on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2013.

The 2013 grants are focused on projects that enhance fish populations including: (1) engaging anglers in data collection, (2) enhancing marine habitats, and (3) educating anglers about barotrauma. The grants are awarded through a formal application process in which interested organizations must submit their proposal directly to West Marine.  All applications will be reviewed by the Marine Conservation Action Team (MCAT).

Preference will be given to organizations that have neighboring West Marine stores and engage Associates and Customers in conservation and data collection efforts.   Those applying must show sound financial policies and management and scientific substantiation. 

Since 1994, West Marine has donated nearly $5,000,000 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.

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