Sport Fish Restoration Program Overview
Anglers and boaters purchase tackle and fuel; excise taxes are collected from the manufacturers. The cost of the tax is built into the selling price to the customer. The excise tax funds accumulate in the Aquatic Resource Trust Fund and are distributed yearly to state fish and wildlife agencies, with certain percentages and amounts earmarked for different programs, such as Coastal Wetlands, Clean Vessel Program, and state boating access areas.
State Sport Fish Restoration Apportionment
The amount of sport fish restoration funds that a state receives is determined by the state land and water area (including coastal and Great Lakes waters) and the number of paid fishing license holders. No state may receive more than 5% of the total, and no state may receive less than 1%.
States are required to match the sport fish restoration funds with at least a 25% share of state money. These matching funds come from fishing license sales or an in-kind contribution.
Types of Sport Fish Restoration Projects