Sport Fish Restoration

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

Sport fisheries research and management activities; boating access

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development and maintenance; aquatic resource education activities; lake construction and maintenance; land acquisition; technical assistance; planning; habitat enhancement; administration; coordination; and hatchery construction are eligible under the Act.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: California?s Clean Vessel Act Program created Pumpout Nav - a revolutionary new app that allows boaters to find operational pumpout stations, flag non-working units, and access an array of outreach and education material.

It is a tool states can use to monitor pumpout stations and report their findings.

Although Pumpout Nav will begin with just information for marinas in California, it is being created with the intent to expand to other States.

California?s vision is to make Pumpout Nav a national resource to help boaters find pumpout and floating restroom facilities in all parts of the U.S.

Florida?s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission used Sport Fish Restoration funds to research the life history, population dynamics, ecology, and behavior of recreationally important coastal and estuarine fishes in Florida including snook, red drum, and red snapper.

This project builds upon research results from previous project years and expands the knowledge needed to support stock assessments and needed fisheries management actions.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) used Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Access Funds to construct Deyo Reservoir, in Clearwater County, in north central Idaho.

Nestled amid farms and timber, the 55 acre reservoir is part of 100 acres of land donated to IDFG by landowners with a vision of the area being used for recreational fishing.

A 20+ year project from conception to completion, this community-driven project included several local service organizations and many individuals contributed to its success.

In addition to Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Access Funds, over $1 million dollars of non-federal funds were secured by IDFG and the community to ensure completion.

For over 50 years the area was a sawmill and logging operation.

Now, it is a destination for anglers, boaters and other outdoor recreationists.

IDFG stocks the reservoir with rainbow trout throughout the year, and it?s estimated the reservoir received approximately 6,000 angler trips annually.

In cooperation with the IDFG, local community based organizations help manage the site.

A maintained trail surrounding the entire reservoir features seven fishing docks and two large fishing peninsulas.

There is also a boat ramp, modern and primitive camping opportunities, picnic shelters and restrooms.

Nevada?s Department of Wildlife partnered with the Nevada State Parks Department to use Boating Access monies to return the lagoon at Big Bend on the Colorado River to a boaters? mecca.

Boaters have long launched/landed motorboats, wet bikes, and jet skis from the beach, as the backwater lagoon had filled in with sediment.

The launching beach had also eroded.

The beach was reinforced, and sand was dredged back out of the lagoon to re-nourish the beach area.

Amenities were added for boaters, including accessible walkways and shade structures.

Equipment acquired by the project will help Nevada State Parks continually harvest and clean sand that can be re-used to nourish the landing beach, making access easier and safer for boats and boaters.

New Hampshire?s Fish and Game Department (NHFG) used Sport Fish Restoration monies to fund their aquatic resources education program.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department delivered 60 Lets Go Fishing courses (ice fishing, fly tying, kayak fishing, fly fishing and basic fishing) to schools, parks and recreation Departments, Scout groups, 4H, and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program with nearly 2000 participants.

In 2013, bass fishing became an official high school sport in New Hampshire and is supported by NHFG, along with New Hampshire B.A.S.S.

Nation, New Hampshire Bass Federation and Bass Pro Shops.

Sport Fish Restoration funds continue to provide funding to educate children in New Hampshire schools about fishing and aquatic resources, and to teach families to fish and enjoy the outdoors.

Texas?s Parks and Wildlife Department partnered with Texas Tech University, Texas State University, University of Texas, and private land owners on the Conserving Texas Rivers Initiative.

Sport fishing opportunities for Guadalupe Bass and associated economic benefits to local communities of the Hill Country are dependent upon quality fish habitats in the region?s rivers.

To support landscape-scale restoration and protection of fish habitats in Hill Country rivers, TPWD initiated this 10-year conservation project (2010-2020).

The Initiative is a public-private partnership that is successfully leveraging Sport Fish Restoration funds, private donations, and other project-based funding sources to deliver science-based, scale-appropriate, and transformative conservation actions to benefit Hill Country rivers.

The Initiative is designed to provide technical guidance, tools, and resources to build and sustain long-term capacity among local conservation partners (particularly local watershed alliances, private landowners, and fly fishing clubs) to steward Hill Country rivers.

The Initiative is guided by a 10-year business plan that identifies specific habitat degradation issues, related conservation strategies, objectives, planned outcomes, and related funding needs.

In 2016, this project was awarded the Sport Fishery Development and Management Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Project of the Year by the American Fisheries Society.

West Virginia?s Division of Natural Resources ( WV DNR) Wildlife Resources Section used Sport Fish Restoration funds to raise and stock approximately 3 million sport fish per year, as well as operate and maintain 11 fish hatcheries.

Some sport fish species are not able to naturally sustain adequate populations to meet angler expectations; stocking allows the state to provide excellent recreational fishing opportunities.

Rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, muskellunge, walleye, striped bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and blue catfish are stocked into more than 150 water bodies annually.

This work will benefit anglers through increased sport fish populations, support local economies via anglers spending, and provide societal benefits through a healthy environment and increased outdoor recreation opportunities Wisconsin?s Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) used Sport Fish Restoration funds to expand fishing opportunities and foster economic stability in Wisconsin?s Ceded Territory.

Between 1991-2014 walleye bag limits for anglers in this area were regulated with a sliding bag limit system (bag limits were adjusted twice annually - normally a few days before the opening of the walleye season) based upon tribal harvest declarations and actual harvest.

This caused uncertainty within the angling and business communities.

Monitoring of Ceded Territory walleye populations continue to provide WI DNR with enough data to review the management system, and explore alternative harvest management options and models for sustainably managing joint angler and tribal walleye fisheries.

In 2014, a revised model was developed for determining the allocation of the walleye that allowed for a static bag limit for sport anglers, and increased the number of walleye available for tribal harvest, while preserving the long-term sustainability of both the angling and tribal fisheries.

In 2015-2016, this work resulted in adoption of a 3-bag limit rule for sport anglers, replacing the former sliding bag limit and periodic adjustment system.

The response from anglers and businesses was very positive, and has eased concerns of resort owners and fishing guides.

WI DNR continues to monitor the health of the walleye populations in the Ceded Territory with continuing support from the Sportfish Restoration Program.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that increase sport fishing and boating opportunities through wise investment of excise tax dollars in sport fishery development, research, and management projects.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that increase sport fishing and boating opportunities through wise investment of excise tax dollars in sport fishery development, research, and management projects.


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 Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

Region 1 - Pacific Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Pacific Islands) Paul Hayduk, 503-736-4780 Region 2 - Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Kelly Oliver-Amy, 505-248-7457 Region 3 - Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) Ann Schneider, 612-713-5146 Region 4 - Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U. S. Virgin Islands) Marilyn Lawal, 404-679-7277 Region 5 - Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) Ron Essig, 413-253-8504 Region 6 - Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) Michael Cotter, 303-236-8179 Region 7 - Alaska Region (Alaska) Mary Price, 907-786-3982 Region 8 - Pacific Southeast Region (California, Nevada) Larry Riley, 916-978-6182.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

N02.04
Boating




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The Program received 597 applications and issued 597 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The program anticipates funding projects that include: research, operation and maintenance of fish hatcheries, sport fish habitat restoration, land acquisition for sport fish habitat or public access for sport fishing, technical guidance, coordination, recreational boating access, aquatic education, and outreach. Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The program anticipates funding projects that include: research, operation and maintenance of fish hatcheries, sport fish habitat restoration, land acquisition for sport fish habitat or public access for sport fishing, technical guidance, coordination, recreational boating access, aquatic education, and outreach.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Approvable activities include land acquisition; development (including boating access sites); research; operations and maintenance; sport fish population management; and program coordination.

Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agencies from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service.

To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of sport fish that includes a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by anglers for any purpose other than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the public will ultimately benefit from these fishery conservation measures.).

Credentials/Documentation

Each year within 60 days of the apportionment notice, States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories must notify the Secretary of the Interior that they want to participate in the program for the year. The State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife Director must furnish a certification of the number of paid angler license holders. Allowable costs are determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program staff can be contacted by Region or at our Headquarters office.

Contact information is located at our website, http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/ContactUs/ContactUs.htm.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed grants. Regional Offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee.

Deadlines

Jul 01, 2018 Jul 01, 2018 Annually by July 1. Check with your Regional Service Office to determine any Regionally specific deadlines.

Authorization

Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. §777 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 30 days.

Appeals

Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion concerning the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Renewals

Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Yes, state apportionments must be matched with 25% of the total costs of a grant project.. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Sport Fish Restoration funds are available for a period of two years. Any funds not obligated within two years by a State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife agency will revert to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and placed back into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund for obligation to States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, or territories in the following year's apportionment. Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 2 CFR 200, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

A Performance Report is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or end of the grant.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

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Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance of each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR Part 170.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of the final Federal Financial Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-8151-0-7-303.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 17 $349,442,840; FY 18 est $351,917,385; and FY 19 est $353,889,852

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $900,000 to $14,700,000; Average $5,200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

50 CFR 80 contains the program regulations for this program. Matching and cost-sharing requirements are discussed in 50 CFR 80.85 and 2 CFR 200.306. Applicants can visit these regulations and guidelines at http://fawiki.fws.gov/display/WTK/Toolkit+Homepage.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Region 1 - Pacific Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Pacific Islands) Paul Hayduk, 503-736-4780 Region 2 - Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Kelly Oliver-Amy, 505-248-7457 Region 3 - Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) Ann Schneider, 612-713-5146 Region 4 - Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands) Marilyn Lawal, 404-679-7277 Region 5 - Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) Ron Essig, 413-253-8504 Region 6 - Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) Michael Cotter, 303-236-8179 Region 7 - Alaska Region (Alaska) Mary Price, 907-786-3982 Region 8 - Pacific Southeast Region (California, Nevada) Larry Riley, 916-978-6182.

Headquarters Office

Director, Policy and Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Policy and Programs Division, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2156.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, or territorial agencies having lead responsibility for the management of their fish resources must submit the projects. If approved, projects must meet the basic criteria outlined in the regulations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.


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