Originally Posted by Night crawler
I as a fisherman would like to know where I can see how my license fees are helping
I really dont want to talk out of turn especially for Virginia or another state but as a concerned observers we witnessed a debacle involving the Va. Environmental Conservation department personnel in 2005 or thereabouts. At issue were department employees (conservation officers) with their own personal credit expense cards. Several of them spent 10s of thousands on an African safari on the public dime.
There was such a public outcry that indictments were finally handed down after two years only to see the chief resign and eventually all acquitted in court of theft of service charges.
It has been documented here in this forum somewhere (I would have to research the exact dispositions as this is from vague recollection).
Anyhow the intent on any licensing fees are to be earmarked as dedicated to the fishery specifically IE marine patrol and Environmental conservation etc, etc.
The problems stems from the enevitability of monies being siphoned into a general fund and misappropriated by the budget pencil pushers and political maneuverer's.
is in another basket but is definitely intertwined into this mix.
The Wallop-Breaux Act aka
(Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) --
Funds are derived from a 10-percent excise tax on certain items of sport fishing tackle (Internal Revenue Code of 1954, sec. 4161), a 3-percent excise tax on fish finders and electric trolling motors, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, interest on the account, and a portion of motorboat fuel tax revenues and small engine fuel taxes authorized under the Internal Revenue Code (Sec. 9503).
To be eligible to participate in the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program, states are required to assent to this law and pass laws for the conservation of fish which include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees for any other purpose than the administration of the state fish department.
Funds for the permanently appropriated States sport fish program are apportioned on a formula basis for paying up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects which include acquisition and improvement of sport fish habitat, stocking of fish, research into fishery resource problems, surveys and inventories of sport fish populations, and acquisition and development of access facilities for public use. Funds for the remaining programs under the Act must be authorized to be appropriated from the Sport Fish Restoration Account by Congress.
Each State’s share is based 60 percent on its licensed anglers (fisherman) and 40 percent on its land and water area. No State may receive more than 5 percent or less than 1 percent of each year’s total apportionment.
A search of this site will show what percentage of these taxes are earmarked to each state.++