Southeastern Cooperative Fish Genetics and Breeding Project was initiated by the cooperating members of The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) in 1985. The project is funded with money provided by The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, commonly referred to as the Dingell-Johnson Act, passed on August 9, 1950. The Program is funded by revenues collected from the manufacturers of fishing rods, reels, creels, lures, flies and artificial baits, who pay tax on these items. Wallop-Breaux Amendment in 1984 was added new provisions to the Act by extending the tax to previously untaxed items of sport fishing equipment. Appropriate State agencies are the only agencies eligible to receive the grant. The program is a cost-reimbursement program, where the state covers the full amount of an approved project then applies for reimbursement through Federal Aid for up to 75 percent of the project expenses. The state must provide at least 25 percent of the project costs from a non-federal source.

Southeastern Cooperative Fish Genetics and Breeding Project was initiated to address the research needs many state department of natural resources or the wildlife agencies are having during their annual operations. These problems include but not limited to ascertain genetic relationships among selected populations of fish, to inventory strains of fishes in state hatcheries, evaluate breeding procedures for their impact on quality of stocks, to develop procedures for preservation of natural gene pools and enhancement of cultured fishes, and to monitor and evaluate the impact of introduced fish on existing gene pools. Please visit the projects page to see the types of projects are ongoing and/or completed.




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