State gets $6.7 million for fish restoration
In an effort to fund fish conservation, recreation projects and preserve open spaces, Rhode Island will receive $6.7 million for restoration programs, including $3,598,719 through the Dingell- Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program and $3,142,757 through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program.
The fund comes from excise taxes generated by the sale of hunting and fishing equipment and electric outboard motors. Recreational boaters also contribute to the program through fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines.
“This critical funding will enhance outdoor recreation opportunities and help the state conserve and manage fish and wildlife resources,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed. “These programs are a smart way to invest in sustaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and preserve open space.”
Restoration funds are used by fish and wildlife agencies to pay for programs such as stocking fish; acquiring and improving sport fish habitat; providing aquatic education opportunities; conducting fisheries research; and maintaining public access to boat ramps and fishing piers.
Rhode Island’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is responsible for operating and managing 24 wildlife management areas totaling more than 46,000 acres. It also operates more than 200 boat-launching ramps and shore-fishing areas located throughout the state.