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: July 16-23
Reminder for the week: Before harvesting conch, recreational anglers should know rules
DOVER (July 26, 2013) – 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 between July 16 and 23 made 991 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 181 boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 89 complaints and issued 46 citations.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Failure to tag deer (2), and trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area (2), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (6), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of undersized weakfish (2), Kent County; Possession of undersized blue crabs (6), illegal collection conch by hand (4), and possession of undersized conch (1), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (4), ramp parking violations (5), and no ramp certificate (3), New Castle and Sussex counties; Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (3), Kent and Sussex counties; Boating violation (1), Kent County; Negligent operation of a vessel (1), no boating safety certificate (3), allowing use of non-compliant vessel (1), and towing a water skier without required observer (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents would like to remind recreational anglers of Delaware’s conch regulations:
· Recreational anglers may use up to two, but no more than two conch pots.
· Recreational conch pots must be marked with the owner’s name and labeled non-commercial, and must have a white float attached.
· Hand collection of conch is prohibited by law.
· Minimum size for “keeper” conch is 6 inches as measured along its longest length.
For more information on Delaware fishing regulations, pick up a copy of the 2013 Delaware Fishing Guide at your local tackle shop or license dealer, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx .
Vol. 43, No. 295