U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a $60 million cooperative agreement with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation to help retain and recruit recreational anglers and boaters of all ages.
Zinke also announced $14 million in Boating Infrastructure Grants, or BIG, designed to support water-related outdoor recreation and tourism by improving facilities for large transient recreational boats across the country, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Funding for the BIG program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Since its inception in 2000, the BIG program has awarded $194 million to projects for large transient recreational boats, including the construction of more than 5,000 berths for boaters across most states and U.S. territories.
Nearly $10 million will be awarded competitively for 10 projects in seven states under the BIG Tier II subprogram.
The service will also release $4 million to fund 33 projects in 23 states, commonwealths and territories under the BIG Tier I subprogram.
States and their partners will provide more than $16 million in non-federal matching funds toward these projects. These grants are awarded on an annual basis.
A full list of projects and funding can be found here.
BIG funds support a wide variety of infrastructure features — including restrooms, bulkheads, day docks, dinghy docks, transient slips, mooring buoys, floating docks and fixed piers, dockside water supplies, marine fueling stations, and navigational aids such as channel markers.