DELAWARE FISHING AND LAND FISHERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES announced Thursday that it has secured $400 million in state assistance from the National Wildlife Federation.
The $400-million program will provide grants to states and localities that have a fishing and land management plan that includes conservation and management of coastal waters.
Delaware’s program is the latest of several to expand federal funding for Delaware fishing and recreational fishing programs.
In April, Delaware received $400.7 million from the Fish and Wildlife Service for a $400-$500 million program.
Last month, the Fish & Wildlife Service awarded Delaware $300 million in funding to help shore up the state’s fish and wildlife programs, including $300.2 million for state-run fishing and fishing advisory groups and $100 million to help expand its coastal fishing and tourism activities.
The Fish & Game Department will begin distributing the funds in July, and officials hope to have the total available by mid-November.
Delsey has been a leader in its use of federal funds, as well as in using its state money to support the state economy.
The state earned $14.9 billion in state tax revenue in 2016, according to the department’s most recent report.