Sport Fish Restoration Program
Since 1950, a "user-pay, public-benefit" partnership program has been in place to support this country's sport fish restoration and management activities. Legislation known as the Dingell-Johnson Act, establishes an excise tax and import duties on boating and fishing equipment, as well as a fuel tax on motorboat and small engine fuel. This dedicated money, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is distributed annually to state fish and wildlife management agencies and is often matched with revenue generated from the sale of state fishing licenses to support the management, research, and enhancement of the country's sport fish resources.