Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council


Program Evaluations

The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council has prepared numerous publications that are primarily focused on assessments and evaluations of federal boating and fishing programs. These publications have been influential with the development of programs and policies that affect our nation’s aquatic resource conservation and recreation programs. A brief description of each publication is included below. Electronic copies of the reports are available upon request.

thumbnail image of FY2013-2015 Program Assessment Programmatic Assessment of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation: FY2013-2015. May 2016. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report constitutes the Council’s fifth review of the Foundation. 73 pages.
 
thumbnail image of FY2010-2012 Program Assessment Programmatic Assessment of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation: FY2010-2012. February 2015.  This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The report constitutes the Council’s fourth review of the Foundation.  76 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 2013 Strategic Vision Strategic Vision for Fish and Aquatic Resource Conservation in the Fish and Wildlife Service: A Partnership Perspective. July 2013. This report provides the Council’s recommendations on a new strategy for the conservation of fish and aquatic resources in the United States.  118 pages
   
thumbnail image of 1984-2009 25 years of Providing Access for Boaters Twenty-five Years of Providing Access for Boaters: An Assessment of the Boating Access Provisions of the Sport Fish Restoration Program, 1984 – 2009.  August 2010.  This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the boating access component of the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state fish and wildlife agencies use of these funds.  58 pages.
   
thumbnail image of FY2005-2009 Programmatic Evaluation Programmatic Evaluation: Activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program FY 2005-2009.  June 2010.  This report provides the Council’s finding and recommendations regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program.  The report includes 14 specific recommendations for the program that are focused on seven general themes.  232 pages.
   
thumbnail image of FY2007-2009 Programmatic Assessment Programmatic Assessment of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation: FY 2007-2009. May 2010. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report constitutes the Council’s third review of the Foundation. 203 pages.
   
thumbnail image of Boaters Investment in Clean Water: A Review of the Clean Vessel Act Boaters Investment in Clean Water: A Review of the Clean Vessel Act. June 2008. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Clean Vessel Act Grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 44 pages.
   
thumbnail image of FY2003-2006 Programmatic Assessment Programmatic Assessment of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation: FY 2003-2006. May 2007. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report constitutes the Council’s second review of the Foundation. 95 pages.
   
thumbnail image of A Review of the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program An Investment in Boating’s Future: A Review of the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program 2000-2003. June 2005. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Boating Infrastructure Grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 49 pages.
   
thumbnail image of FY2004 Fish Habitat Initiative National Fish Habitat Initiative: Results of the National Stakeholder Meetings & Recommendation to Proceed – 9/28/2004
   
thumbnail image of the March 2002 Implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program Implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program: A Progress Report to the Secretary of the Interior. March 2002. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program through a contractual agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report constitutes the Council’s first review of the Foundation. 62 pages.
   
thumbnail image of A Partnership Agenda for Conservation January 2002 A Partnership Agenda for Fisheries Conservation. January 2002. This report provides the Council’s recommendations for a new direction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program. 31 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 2000 Saving A System In Peril findings cover Saving A System In Peril. September 2000. This report provides the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council’s findings and recommendations on the roles, responsibilities and strategic funding policies for the national fish hatchery system. The report was prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in response to a request from the General Accounting Office’s review of the system. 52 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 1998 Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communication program cover Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communication Program: As required by the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998. Final report. September 1998. This report provides the Council’s recommendations for the implementation of the National Outreach and Communications Program. The report is the final product of the Council’s national consensus-building effort among user groups to identify problems affecting fishing and boating participation, set objectives and devise strategies for the National Outreach and Communication Program. 90 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 1998 Factors Influencing Recreational Fishing and Boating Participation cover Factors Influencing Recreational Fishing and Boating Participation. August 1998. This report summarizes research findings on factors that influence recreational fishing and boating participation. The report was prepared for the Council by its Technical Review Group comprised of human dimensions researchers. 35 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 1997 Annual Evaluation and Recommendations for Improving Performance Under the President’s Executive Order 12962 cover Annual Evaluation and Recommendations for Improving Performance Under the President’s Executive Order 12962 - September 1998. This report provides the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council’s recommendations to the National Recreational Fisheries Council on ways that federal agencies can improve their performance in implementing Executive Order 12962. The report provides specific recommendations to 15 federal agencies and identifies six broad recommendations on ways federal agencies could improve their implementation of the Executive Order. 10 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 1995 Second Annual Evaluation Report 1995 Executive Order for Recreational Fisheries cover Second Annual Evaluation Report 1995 Executive Order for Recreational Fisheries (No. 12962): To the National Recreational Fisheries Coordination Council- June 1997. This report provides the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council’s assessment of agency-specific plans that were developed for the Recreational Fishery Resource Conservation Plan. Additionally, the Council’s assessment of the “Policy for Conserving Species Listed or Proposed for Listing Under the Endangered Species Act While Providing and Enhancing Recreational Fisheries Opportunities” report is included. 90 pages.
   
thumbnail image of 1997 Evaluation of the Recreational Fishery Resources Conservation Plan cover 1997 Evaluation of the Recreational Fishery Resources Conservation Plan- April 1997. This report provides the results of the Council’s to obtain and interpret information to evaluate the extent that the Recreation Fishery Resource Conservation Plan is being implemented by federal agencies. The assessment was completed for the Council by Dr. David Loomis and includes a survey of 410 stakeholders. 73 pages.
   
  National Recreational Fisheries Initiative- Roles for Stakeholders. January 1997.
   
thumbnail image of First Annual Evaluation Report: 1995 Executive Order for Recreational Fisheries cover First Annual Evaluation Report: 1995 Executive Order for Recreational Fisheries (No. 12962). August 1996. This report provides the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council’s assessment of agency-specific plans that were developed for the Recreational Fishery Resource Conservation Plan. 9 pages.
   
thumbnail image of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Role and Responsibilities for Recreational Fisheries: Partner’s Perspectives cover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Role and Responsibilities for Recreational Fisheries: Partner’s Perspectives. August 1996. This document describes the appropriate and comprehensive role of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for fulfilling its mission with regard to recreational fisheries as envisioned by the agencies partners. This report includes views of partners of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that were convened in groups in 1995 and 1996. 12 pages.
   
thumbnail image of  Cost Savings Recommendations: Fiscal Year 1997 Fisheries Program cover Cost Savings Recommendations: Fiscal Year 1997 Fisheries Program. December 1995. This report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director provides an analysis and funding recommendation for the fisheries program. Specifically, the Council evaluated two funding options for the program and recommends a preferred alternative to the Director. 7 pages.
   
thumbnail image of The Impact of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade on the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program cover The Impact of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade on the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program. March 1995. This report provides detailed information concerning actual import duties levied on tackle and boating items as part of the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program and examines the effect of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on these revenue sources. The report recommends that the Service maintain and improve its relationship with several federal tax agencies in order to insure that taxes are deposited into the Aquatic Resources Trust Fun in a timely and accurate manner. 42 pages.
   
thumbnail image of Recreational Fisheries Stewardship Initiative cover Recreational Fisheries Stewardship Initiative. April 1994. This report summarizes the status of federal agencies fisheries programs and provides recommendations to the agencies and others on how to make improvements to the aquatic resources. One of the report’s recommendations is the issuance of an Executive Order that establishes a national policy for aquatic resources. 19 pages.