West Marine announces $40,000 worth of grants to support marine environmental efforts.
June 18, 2013
West Marine is giving $40,000 worth of Marine Conservation Grants this year. Originally, the target for the annual program was to distribute $30,000, but company officials felt there were more worthy projects submitted than it anticipated.
Since 1994, West marine has donated nearly $5 million to programs for youth boating, boating safety and the marine environment. Here are this year’s 13 Marine Conservation Grant winners:
• Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries, which will provide education about barotrauma and measure the effectiveness of devices to combat it. (Barotrauma occurs when bottom fish suffer from sudden pressure change after being brought to the water’s surface.)
• The Jones River Watershed Association, which will outfit its boat Blue Future to collect data in the bays and estuary near Kingston, Massachusetts.
• Coastal Conservation Association North Sound, which will work with the Department of Fish & Wildlife in Washington state to plant salmon carcasses for nutrient-enrichment purposes in streams, thus improving the habitat for salmon and steelhead smolts.
• Recreational Fisheries Research Institute, which will continue its Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program in and around Covington, Louisiana.
• The Sportfishing Conservancy, which will create a summer-long National Marine Sanctuary “Classic” photography and fishing contest in all marine sanctuaries.