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Subject: Fisheries Funding Symposium
From: Al Zale <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 7 May 1997 22:11:29 +0200

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Brian Bohnsack from Texas A&M asked me to help him disseminate this
announcement.  He is especially interested in attracting students to the
session.  He's one himself again, after working for state agencies for a
number of years.  As it relates somewhat to our recent "jobs" thread, I
thought I thought it appropriate to post here.

Respond to Brian at:  [log in to unmask]

Regards, Al Zale


Wallop-Breaux Symposium and Panel Planned at Annual AFS Meeting

If you are a paid fisheries biologist employed by a state fish and game
agency (or plan to become one) come learn where your salary comes from and
who you should thank for letting you do the things you love! Or if you want
to learn more about the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program than
the 15 minutes of your fisheries management professors lecture in college,
you are encouraged to attend a  half day symposium on the Wallop-Breaux
funds that is scheduled on Tuesday, August 26th from 1:00-4:00 during the
upcoming national AFS meeting.

The objective of this symposium is to inform fisheries professionals about
the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program.  Many fisheries
professionals unknowingly owe their careers to the Federal Aid in Sport Fish
Restoration Program, also known as the Wallop-Breaux program.  Symposium
attendees will learn about the current status of the program, including
where the reauthorization of the enabling legislation is with Congress,
learn about some of the current concerns about the program from its
cooperators, and learn about some of the global implications of the program
as foreign countries attempt to find sources of funding for fisheries
management.  The symposium will include a moderated panel discussion to
allow questioning of the presenters, including Paul Brouha and Bob Lange,
the head of the Federal Aid program.

The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Fisheries Management Section,
Fisheries Administrators section and the Committee on the Human Dimensions
of Recreational Fisheries.  The symposium's list of presenters, titles, and
presentation abstracts are included below.

Symposium Title:  Wallop-Breaux Funds: Their History, Current Status, and
Future Direction

Title: The history of the Wallop-Breaux program
Author:  Brian L. Bohnsack (Texas A&M University, Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries Sciences, Room 210 Nagle Hall, College Station, TX 77843-2258;
409-845-4283; FAX 409-845- 3786; [log in to unmask])

Text of abstract:  The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program has
been at the forefront of fisheries management efforts in the United States
for almost 50 years.  The program's widely recognized success is
increasingly facing challenges from its cooperating partners: federal
agencies, state agencies, and private industry.   In spite of this program's
importance to fisheries management, many professional biologists are unaware
of the role history has played in the current status of the program.  This
presentation will focus on the reasons for the success of the Sport Fish
Restoration Program over time and explain in detail the terms that are
critical to understanding the current and future challenges to the program.
A special effort will be made to explain the terminology used in the
program: this may help in understanding the current and future challenges to
the program.

Title:  State implementation of the Sport Fish Restoration Program:  New
challenges to 50 years of success.
Author:  Mike D. Gibson (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, #2 Natural
Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205; 501-525-0674; FAX 501-525-2265)

Text of abstract:  As implementers of the Sport Fish Restoration Program,
state fisheries agencies are challenged with balancing the demands of
constituents, government agencies and legislative directives.  In spite of
these ever changing demands, state fishery agencies have repeatedly met
these challenges over the last 50 years.  The resulting successes are
documented by the current estimated 390 million angler fishing trips taken
annually and $24 billion annual economic impact to the United States.  The
continued existence of the Sport Fish Restoration Program is critical to the
future of state fishery agencies.  Without the Sport Fish Restoration
Program, state license funds could lose their protection from diversion to
other uses.  Plus, the federal funds provided by the Sport Fish Restoration
Program are often the only additional funds that a state fishery agency
receives in addition to fishing license sales.   Yet, state agencies are
increasingly being faced with new demands and constituencies, as well as
increased regulation by government agencies.  This presentation will discuss
challenges state fishery agencies are facing in light of national trends in
recreation and fishing and the role that state agencies have in implementing
the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Title: The Sport Fish Restoration Program: Preparing for the coming millennium
Author:  Bob E. Lange (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax
Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; 703-358-2156; FAX 703-358-1837)

Text of abstract:  The Sport Fish Restoration Program has provided the
backbone of financial and technical assistance for state fisheries
management efforts for the latter part of this century.  In spite of the
program's success, the Sport Fish Restoration Program faces new and old
challenges that may substantially change the program's basic purpose and
processes.   For example,  fisheries professionals need to be aware of the
impact of Congress' actions with reauthorization of portions of this Sport
Fish Restoration Act in the spring of 1997.   Although the program's success
has largely resulted from the cooperation of governmental agencies and
private industries and organizations, members from each of these cooperators
are increasingly challenging the program's operation and effectiveness.
Some defections by participating industries are already occurring and the
loss of these cooperators may ultimately threaten the program's viability.
In addition to providing information on the federal administration of the
Sport Fish Restoration Program, this presentation will discuss ways of
keeping the current program intact by making states more accountable for the
funds and by improving interstate and interagency management of fisheries

Title:  Viewpoints and concerns regarding the Federal Aid in Sport Fish
Restoration Program: a cooperator's perspective
Author:  Norville S. Prosser (American Sportfishing Association, 1033 North
Fairfax Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-519-9691; FAX

Text of abstract:  One of the primary reasons for the long history of
success of the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program has been the
willingness of the sport fish industry to pay the excise tax on its
products.  Fishery professionals must recognize the economic sacrifice
private industry has made by supporting an excise tax on fishing related
equipment that funds a major portion of the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Industry support is crucial for the continued existence of this program.
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and its members support the
Sport Fish Restoration Program.  However, many in the sportfishing industry
are increasingly questioning aspects of the program, including the uses and
allocation  of the program's administrative funds, and the failure to employ
some portion of these industry- generated revenues to build the sportfishing
consumer base.  As an important cooperator in the Sport Fish Restoration
Program and as a major voice for private industry, ASA is at the forefront
in being a protector of the funds and a watchdog regarding potential misuses
of the funds.   Changes in the program may be in order if fishing
participation begins to decline.

Title:  Wallop-Breaux and ALAB; a continuing quest for excellence
Author:  Paul Brouha (American Fisheries Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane,
Bethesda, MD  20814; 301-897-8616; FAX 301-897-8096;
[log in to unmask])

Text of Abstract: Amendment of the Sport Fish Restoration Act in 1984 has
resulted in a nearly twelve-fold increase in funds available to the state
fisheries agencies for fisheries management.  With that expansion has come
an expanded mission.  The American League of Anglers and Boaters has served
as the steadfast advocate and watchdog of the program to ensure it continues
to effectively achieve its objectives of restoring sport fisheries,
providing boating access, advancing boating safety and pollution reduction,
delivering aquatic resource education, and restoring coastal wetlands.  The
presentation will identify opportunities and potential pitfalls as the
program faces reauthorization of the gas tax allocation to the Aquatic
Resources Trust Fund.  The significance of the Sport Fish Restoration Act to
fisheries professionals cannot be overemphasized-- for many state fisheries
agencies the annual allocation is the only source of fisheries management
funds other than license revenues.

Title:  Global implications of the Wallop-Breaux program
Author: R. J. Sousa (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal
Aid, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; 413-253-8510; FAX
413-253-8487; [log in to unmask])

Text of abstract:  Budgets to conduct fish and wildlife resources management
are rarely adequate to address the needed work.  Internationally, few
countries have even marginally adequate funding for fish and wildlife
management.  Modest investment in recreational fisheries programs can have
significant economic benefit to a country's economy.  The premise holds true
that if the fishing is good, anglers will come and spend money for supplies,
hotels, restaurants, guides and fishing equipment.  The Unites State's Sport
Fish Restoration Program is an excellent model of this scenario.  The
program has grown from a few hundred thousand dollars per year in the early
1950's to hundreds of millions of dollars annually.  This infusion of
dollars represents a major investment by anglers and industry to ensure that
fish, fish habitats and fishing remain healthy.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is offering technical assistance to interested countries on how to
establish similar programs as a way to generate much needed funds to improve
the quality of their fisheries.  This presentation will focus on the
potential implications of implementing programs similar to the Sport Fish
Restoration Program in other countries.

Title:  Moderated Panel Discussion Regarding the Sport Fish Restoration Program
Authors:  Symposium speakers

Abstract:  The current status and future direction of the Sport Fish
Restoration Program will be discussed by the panel of speakers in
conjunction with the audience.  In addition, the potential for
implementation of similar programs in other countries will be discussed.

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