Conservation Partnerships

A look at how the Sport Fish Restoration Act works to conserve our Nation's bass fisheries.

Excise taxes paid by tackle manufacturers, coupled with a motorboat fuel tax, fund black bass conservation throughout the country. Dingell-Johnson (Sport Fish Restoration) dollars yield scientifically managed populations, disease monitoring, angler and boating access, the training of graduate students in college, the future fisheries managers—and awesome angling. Tackle makers and license buyers make things go.

Produced by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), this cinematic video highlights how the Sport Fish Restoration partnerships among industry and state and federal agencies have aided in the conservation of bass and provided outstanding bass fisheries and public access across the United States. The film creates an awareness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program partnerships and the opportunities for anglers and boaters that are made possible by excise taxes on angling equipment and fuel. This film is a product of the Partner with a Payer initiative.

Lead by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff, video footage includes state biologists conducting sport fish management field work and illustrating the importance of Sport Fish Restoration funding, people enjoying outdoor recreation, and scenes of boating and fishing. This video’s narration is a collection of interviews from industry, anglers, and state and federal partners that all play a role in the sport fish restoration program. Sport fish conservation, angling and boating access benefits, and partnerships are the theme.