West Marine, Inc. announced that it has delayed the release of its 2009 fourth-quarter and fiscal-year earnings release, as well as the related conference call and webcast scheduled to take place today (March 11, 2010) while working through final audit items with its new independent registered public accounting firm.

While we are working to finalize our audit, we are pleased to say that, as previously reported, we had a year that exceeded our budgeted expectations and we want to thank and reward our Associates for their dedication and hard work that made this possible, said Geoff Eisenberg, West Marines CEO.

The company, which operates more than 300 stores in the United States, said it will reschedule the release and conference call as soon as practicable after the completion of the audit.