The Aquatic Resource Education Subprogram provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for angler education, developing outdoor ethics, stewardship and conservation to increase the public understanding of the nation’s water resources and associated aquatic life forms.

This information applies to:

Sport Fish Restoration Program



The Aquatic Resource Education Subprogram was created by the 1984 Wallop-Breaux Amendment to the Sport Fish Restoration Act (Dingell-Johnson) of 1950. This amendment authorized up to 10-percent of annual Sport Fish Restoration apportionment be used for aquatic resource education projects. The Act was again amended under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998. The TEA-21 amendment increased the amount of funding authorized from 10-percent to 15-percent of the annual Sport Fish Restoration Program apportionment. An amendment in April 2001 to 50 CFR 80 exempted the District of Columbia and the insular areas from the 15-percent limitation. 



50 CFR 80 Administrative Requirements, Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts

§ 80.51 What activities are eligible for funding under the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act?

The following activities are eligible for funding under the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act: 


(c) Sport Fish Restoration—Aquatic Resource Education subprogram. Enhance the public’s understanding of water resources, aquatic life forms, and sport fishing, and develop responsible attitudes and ethics toward the aquatic environment.

§ 80.62 What limitations apply to spending on the Aquatic Resource Education and the Outreach and Communications subprograms?

The limitations in this section apply to State fish and wildlife agency spending on the Aquatic Resource Education and Outreach and Communications subprograms.

(a) Each State’s fish and wildlife agency may spend a maximum of 15 percent of the annual amount apportioned to the State from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund for activities in both subprograms. The 15-percent maximum applies to both subprograms as if they were one.

(b) The 15-percent maximum for the subprograms does not apply to the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. These jurisdictions may spend more than 15 percent of their annual apportionments for both subprograms with the approval of the Regional Director.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is cash received by either the State agency or volunteer aquatic-resource education instructors for incidental costs of an aquatic-resource education class considered program income?

No, per 50 CFR 80.120(c)(3).


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Aquatic Resources Education Quick Reference Guide