Millions in excise taxes to support Hawaii fish, wildlife


Hawaii is getting $7.77 million in excise tax revenues paid to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies that will be used to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will send nearly $1.1 billion to states and territories to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects based on taxes collected through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs.

Revenues come from excise taxes generated by the sale of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Recreational boaters also contribute to the program through fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines.

The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs reimburse up to 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects, while state fish and wildlife agencies contribute a minimum of 25 percent.