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Marine conservation grants awarded to local groups

In support of its ongoing efforts to improve and protect the marine environment, West Marine is launching a marine conservation grants program and donating $30,000 to local recreational fishing and conservation organizations.

The grants will be awarded to groups that offer conservation projects that are beneficial to recreational fishing and sustainable commercial fishing, while preserving marine resources.

There will be five to 10 grants awarded in amounts ranging from $500-$5,000 per recipient. Applications are available online beginning on World Oceans Day on June 8. The closing date for entries is Sept. 1 and official rules and application information can be found by clicking here.