Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter April 25- May 8
Reminder for the week: Catching river herring prohibited in Delaware waters
DOVER (May 11, 2012) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents responded to 58 complaints and issued 38 citations between April 25 and May 8. Incidents of particular note included:
· On April 27, Shane M. Slingwine, 18, of Middletown, was arrested and charged with applying graffiti to real or personal property with damage under $1,500 and for possession of graffiti instruments in connection with an investigation into defacing property at the C&D Canal Wildlife Area. Slingwine was arraigned in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas and released on $1,500 unsecured bond pending trial.
Citations issued between April 25 and May 8 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (8), Augustine Wildlife Area in Port Penn, C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges, Records Pond near Laurel; possession of undersized blue crab (1), Gull Point near Rehoboth Beach; possession of undersized white perch (9), C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges; illegal possession of river herring (5), Records Pond near Laurel; possession of undersized largemouth bass (1), Wagamons Pond near Milton.
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours (2), Records Pond near Laurel; applying graffiti to real or personal property with damage under $1,500 (1), and possession of graffiti implements (1), both C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel without boating safety certificate (1), Collins Beach near Townsend; boating equipment violation (1), Middletown; and unregistered motor boat (1), Lewes.
Public Safety: Possession of a firearm during commission of a felony (1), carrying a concealed deadly weapon (1), possession of cocaine with intent to deliver (1), and possession of drug paraphernalia (3), all same incident, Millsboro. (Note: A press release was issued on this case on May 3.)
Other: Dumping (1), C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational anglers that it is now unlawful in Delaware to harvest or possess river herring, a popular baitfish, without a valid receipt from a state or jurisdiction where harvest is permitted. In the past, river herring has been used as bait in the striped bass hook-and-line fishery. With Delaware’s river herring fisheries closed, recreational and commercial anglers are no longer permitted to retain river herring for food or bait and will need to use an alternate type of live bait.
For more information on these changes, click on the amended river herring regulations. For more information on fishing in Delaware, please visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/ .
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.
Vol. 42, No. 177