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Tried and True and Proven.

"Tried and true and proven." That's the take-home message of this Partner with a Payer video that highlights the success of the Sport Fish Restoration Act in South Carolina.

During a factory tour of Z-Man Fishing Products and a field tour hosted by SCDNR, both private industry and state conservation representatives speak to the irreplaceable industry-paid excise taxes that yield science-based fisheries management and increased angler-boater access.

Enacted in 1950, the Sport Fish Restoration Act (also known as the Dingell-Johnson Act), collects a 10-percent tax on select fishing tackle from manufacturers and a percentage of tax on motorboat fuels. The money is apportioned to the state fish and wildlife management agencies under the auspices of WSFR for the benefit of fisheries conservation and restoration, aquatic education, and boating and fishing access.

Paul Wilkes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Region Regional Manager for the WSFR program said the 72-year-old partnership between the tackle industry and state fish and wildlife management agencies has been transformational for fisheries management—and in short, made fishing better.

Glenn Hughes, President of the ASA, describes opportunities for anglers that would not be possible without these critically important funds. Among other purposes, these funds pay for the maintenance of over 6,000 boating access sites to lakes, rivers, ponds and streams across the country, as well as the stocking of 1.3 billion fish each year of over 70 species of fish.

The Partner with a Payer initiative was developed to help generations of employees in the firearms, archery, and angling industries, state agencies, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better understand their, and each other's, roles in conservation.

This video was produced by Shine United LLC / Kingdom Filmworks for NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, through a Multistate Conservation Grant awarded by WSFR to NSSF.

Special thanks to representatives from Z-Man Fishing Products, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), American Sportfishing Association (ASA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR).

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