Dispensation of Sport Fish Restoration Grants Announced
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently joined Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin Rebecca Kleefisch to announce the disbursement of Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund grants. The grants total over $1.1 billion across the United States. Wisconsin received a check for $34,966,603 that will be used to support state fish and wildlife agencies for fisheries research, habitat improvement, aquatic education, and fishing and boating access facilities. The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, also known as Dingell-johnson grants, is funded from fishing licenses and manufacturers’ excise taxes on sport-fishing equipment, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, and a portion of the gasoline fuel tax attributable to small engines and motorboats. The grants, which are distributed to states on a yearly basis via a formula, must be used by the receiving states’ fish and game departments, and require a match of 25 percent nonfederal sources. Other similar grant announcements were also made in the states of Florida, Colorado and Ohio.