Sport Fish Restoration Program

Sport Fish Restoration funds support activities designed to restore, conserve, manage, or enhance sport fish populations and the public use and benefits from these resources; and to support activities that provide boating access to public waters.

Sport fisheries research and management activities,

boating access development and maintenance, aquatic resource education projects, lake construction and maintenance, land acquisition, technical assistance, planning, habitat enhancement, administration, coordination, and hatchery construction are eligible under the Act.

Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.
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Examples of Funded Projects

Strawberry Reservoir Sport Fish Management - Utah: Biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are managing the most popular sport fishery in Utah with 75% of the funding coming from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Strawberry Reservoir is 17,000 surface acres at maximum pool.

Approximately 1.4 million angler hours of fishing occur on Strawberry Reservoir annually.

In 2004, the average summer catch rate was 0.61 fish per hour.

This was the third highest catch rate ever recorded for Strawberry Reservoir going back to 1947.

Two full time biologist and many days of volunteer help from Strawberry Anglers (a volunteer angling group) manage this project.

Perry R.

Bass Marine Fisheries Station - Texas: Through funds from the Sport Fish Restoration program, the Perry R.

Bass Marine Research Facility continues operation and maintenance practices to provide research on several saltwater species.

In addition to the innovative marine research, the associated hatchery annually produces 4.5 million fry/fingerling of red drum and spotted sea trout.

These fish generate more than 300,000 angler days annually along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Regional Fish and Wildlife Service Offices.

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