About ALAB

The American League of Anglers and Boaters has recently championed the extension of the Sport Fish Restoration Act in the House. The bill, also know as Wallop-Breaux returns excise taxes to the fishing and boating communities in an effort to enhance both groups. The bill is part of the larger transportation bill which recently passed the Senate.

The Sport Fish Restoration Act set up the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund as the collection point for these and other excise taxes on fishing gear. Altogether the fund amounts to about $450 million dollars each year, which is ultimately parceled to state fish and wildlife agencies as a primary source of their overall funding. Motor boat and small engine fuel taxes make up $284 million of that amount. The current tax is 18.3 cents per gallon, yet only 13.5 cents out of that 18.3 are currently being channeled to the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund. The new legislation would ensure the full amount is channeled to the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund.

Under provisions of the Sport Fish Restoration Act, the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund is to be used for fisheries monitoring; habitat conservation and restoration; fishing and boating access facilities such as docks, piers, and boat ramps; and education and safety programs for anglers and boaters. In separate legislative actions supported by the American League of Anglers and Boaters, the Sport Fish Restoration Act is currently being reauthorized by Congress, ensuring the continued success of one of the nation’s most longstanding and significant conservation laws.

The American League of Anglers and Boaters includes the American Fisheries Society, American Recreation Coalition, American Sportfishing Association, American Watercraft Association, Aquatic Resources Educators Association, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society/ESPN, Boat Owners Association of the U.S., Boating Trades Association of Texas, Brunswick Corporation, Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Greater Coalition for Boating Safety, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Izaak Walton League of America, Marina Operators Association of America, Marine Retailers Association of America, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, National Boating Federation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Recreation and Park Association, National Safe Boating Council, Personal Watercraft Industry Association, Pure Fishing, Recreational Fishing Alliance, Sail America, States Organization for Boating Access, National Water Safety Congress, Trout Unlimited, United States Power Squadrons, and U.S. Sailing Association.