The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is uses revenue from fishing and hunting license fees, federal funds and other sources to accomplish its broad mission of conserving, managing and protecting the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; informing and educating the public; and providing opportunities for people to use and appreciate these resources.
Fish and Game’s budget sustains the full range of habitat and fish and wildlife management tasks, plus conservation education, law enforcement, search and rescue, and more. All of these functions are essential to ensure that we can effectively serve the wildlife and people of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department faces a major funding shortfall. The Department is funded through the end of the current biennium, but without legislative action, Fish and Game will not be able to adequately fulfill its responsibilities going forward.
- Fish and Game Funding FAQs
- Fact sheet on Fish and Game's current funding situation.
- Funding Search and Rescue
- Pie Chart: Where the money comes from/where the money goes
- Make a Donation to the NH Fish and Game Department
Current Status: In 2013, the Legislature provided stopgap funding in the budget to keep the Fish and Game Department whole for the current biennium, which ends on June 30, 2015. Budget bills were passed that made some funds more accessible to the Department in a variety of ways, including making a one-time transfer from the State General Fund to the Fish and Game Fund of $699,000 for FY 14 and $893,000 for FY 15.
Future Funding Solutions
The Legislature established a Legislative Commission to Study Opportunities and Options to Improve the Sustainability of the Fish and Game Department tasked with finding future funding solutions for the Department. This Commission includes members of the House and Senate, the Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau, Fish and Game Commission Chair Ted Tichy, and three members of the public appointed by Governor Hassan. The Commission made an initial report in 2013, and has reconvened in 2014, with a new report due November 1.
The Bottom Line
As the Legislative Commission works to find new ways to raise revenue for Fish and Game, many ideas are being considered. We don't yet know what the answer is, but we do know that the financial situation for the Fish and Game Department is serious.
A strong commitment is needed from the public and the Legislature to work together to identify a solution and pass the necessary legislation to keep the state's fish and wildlife agency strong and effective.