I would like to personally thank you for supporting our conservation programs in Connecticut through your purchase of a fishing license. All of the revenues generated from the sale of fishing and hunting licenses are used to directly support our fish and wildlife programs. In fact, license revenues provide approximately 50% of the total funding for these programs.
The second major source of funding for fish and wildlife programs is derived from taxes that you pay on fishing, hunting, shooting sports equipment, and motorboat fuel. This year you may hear a lot about this source, as we mark the 75th year anniversary of the Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. The Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 (PR) and the Sport Fish Restoration Act (DJ) of 1950 rank among the world’s most successful fish and wildlife restoration programs. Together these acts have contributed more than $14 billion to fish and wildlife conservation in the United States—more than any other single conservation effort.
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service distributes the PR and DJ funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. Funds are distributed to the state based primarily on land and water area and the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold, and are contingent on the state preparing high quality project proposals. The state agencies then use these funds and your license fees for the conservation, management and enhancement of fish and wildlife and their habitats and for the creation of fish and wildlife recreational opportunities. License revenue and user taxes are two of the primary sources of funding for conservation, providing the foundation of what is commonly known as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. It’s a “user pay – everyone benefit” program wherein Connecticut sportsmen contribute 80% of the funding for our Bureau of Natural Resources programs.
DEEP currently receives approximately 3.5 million dollars annually in federal Sport Fish Restoration funding. Please see the pie chart above for how these funds are distributed among our fisheries programs. Thank you again for your ongoing support and have a safe and successful 2012 fishing season.
Good luck & good fishing in 2012,
William A. Hyatt
Chief, Bureau of Natural Resources
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.