Overview of the Issue
The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF) is a voluntary, user fee system created by recreational anglers and boaters in 1950 to pay for critical conservation programs and recreational fishing and boating infrastructure projects in all 50 states.
The SFRBTF, which is funded in part by the federal excise tax on fishing equipment paid by the sportfishing industry, funds state-based programs for sportfish conservation and habitat restoration, infrastructure for boating access and education for anglers and boaters.
This SFRBTF is funded through multiple sources of revenue including the federal excise tax on recreational fishing equipment, the boat fuel tax, and import duties. Each year, about $650 million is provided from the SFRBTF to state wildlife agencies for fisheries management and restoration projects as well as boating infrastructure and other purposes.