Marine Manufacturing

Marine Manufacturers and Conservation

Creating new opportunities for boating and fishing nationwide

For decades, America’s marine manufacturers have shared a partnership with state and federal biologists through the Dingell-Johnson Act — a partnership that funds remarkable conservation success stories and improves boating at the same time. 

This partnership would be impossible without you, the craftspeople and business owners who fund the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Our Partner with a Payer initiative invites you to join us to see how your success protects clean water, conserves healthy fisheries, and creates new opportunities for boating and fishing nationwide.


WSFR funding benefits boaters, anglers, and everyone else
Since 1984, excise taxes on motorboat fuel and import taxes on yachts and pleasure craft have been one of America’s most effective tools for conservation. These funds help ensure clean water, healthy fish, and public access to America's treasured waters.
Largemouth Bass

Restoring fisheries

Biologists study, monitor and manage more than 200 species of fish with excise tax funds, like the many grants used for black bass conservation. Once called “the most abused of all American game fish,” the largemouth and smallmouth bass fishery is now one of America’s finest.

Three people launching a boat at a boat ramp

Increasing boating access

In the past five years, over 1000 new fishing and boating access sites have been constructed with excise tax funds. In total, more than 6000 public boating and fishing areas are maintained by Sport Fish Restoration funds.

Two children canoeing

Welcoming new boaters

Every three years, over 1 million people receive aquatic education supported by excise tax funds, like the hundreds of students that go through the Florida Conservation Commission’s fishing and boating camps each year. 

Corpus Cristi Marina

Building boating facilities

Each year, states build, renovate and maintain boat slips, boat ramps, pump-out stations, waste reception facilities and other boating infrastructure using excise tax funds, like the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina in Texas, a boating hub modernized for the 21st century.

Did you know?

Sport Fish Restoration, Clean Vessel Act and Boating Infrastructure grants use excise taxes to ensure abundant fish and clean water, increase boating access to millions of acres of fresh and salt water, and welcome new people into the industry through education — a productive trifecta that ultimately benefits manufacturers.

Upcoming Events

Interested in taking a tour?​

As part of this initiative, two types of events are held to support this important partnership: field tours and facility tours.

Field tours invite industry representatives to unforgettable in-the-field experiences that illustrate the importance of the conservation funds that make fish and wildlife research, habitat conservation, shooting facilities, fish hatcheries and stocking, hunter and aquatic education, and public access to lands and waters possible.

Facility tours invite state fish and wildlife agency representatives to industry facilities to learn about the processes that manufacturers use to make the products that are taxed and result in a critical funding source for state fish and wildlife agency conservation work.

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The Power of Partnerships

Partners boost our country’s conservation efforts by working hard at what they love.

Celebrating the partnerships among industry, state fish and wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — partnerships which have aided sport fish conservation and increased angling and boating opportunities nationwide. 

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