The Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is one of the programs funded and authorized by the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop Breaux Act established in 1950, awards grants that improve recreational boating and fishing opportunities throughout the nation. The funding for these grants comes from a 3% tax on electric motors, a 10% tax on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing tackle as well as pleasure yachts and boats, motorboat and small engine fuel tax and interest earned on the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for administering the Sport Fish Restoration Program grants that are awarded to state agencies throughout the nation, such as the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Game Commission was awarded 4 grants. These 4 grants were the Maintenance of Public Access Facilities Grant, the Fisheries Technical Guidance Grant, the Fisheries Management Project Grant and the Keystone Aquatic Resource Education Grant.
The Maintenance of Public Access Facilities Grant is $1,012,500 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for maintaining and operating Public Access facilities that area owned or manage by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
The Fisheries Technical Guidance Grant is $1,210,200 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for technical guidance that improves the decision making in regards to environmental issues relate to sport fishing fisheries by local, state and federal agencies as well as individuals.
The Fisheries Management Project is $4,350,000 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for obtaining information necessary for proper management of the Pennsylvania fisheries, and a put-grow-and-take stocking program throughout the state.
The Keystone Aquatic Resource Education Grant is $450,000 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for developing and delivering an education program that emphasizes on the protection and management of aquatic resources as well as boating and fishing opportunities.
The Sport Fish Restoration Program, which funds many grants, provides a cycle that begins and ends with the user of the facility where the grant has been awarded. The funds that are spent getting to the water and while on the water often help fund the grant that is awarded to make improvements as deemed necessary. Improvements such as the ones for which these grants have been awarded in the State of Pennsylvania create a safer and more accessible way for boaters and anglers to enjoy the vast bodies of water throughout Pennsylvania. The fund established by the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop Breaux Act enables boaters and anglers to invest in the recreational pastime that they choose each and every time they venture out on the water. Grants awarded by The Sport Fish Restoration Program are calculated using a formula that includes land area, the number of paid license holders as well as minimums and maximum. These grants are disbursed on a reimbursement basis of up to 75% of the cost of the project and up to 100% of the cost of projects for United States territories.
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