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 25-Aug. 1
Reminder for the week: Canoeists, kayakers required to wear life jackets
DOVER (Aug. 3, 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 60 complaints and issued 79 citations between July 25 and Aug. 1. Incidents of note included:
· Enforcement agents on July 28 in New Castle County cited two juveniles forone count each of operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating an ATV on a public roadway, operating an ATV without a helmet, and operating an ATV on lands without permission of the landowner. Investigation determined that the pair had left their property to ride their ATVs in an adjoining wildlife area without parental permission. Operating an ATV on state-owned lands or on private lands without permission of the landowner is illegal in Delaware.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Recreational Fisheries Conservation: Fishing without a license (10), New Castle and Sussex counties; possession of undersized blue crabs (22), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; tampering with commercial crab pot (4), New Castle County; possession of undersized shark (1), over limit of shark (3), failure to release shark unharmed (5), Kent and Sussex counties; possession of undersized white perch (3), New Castle County.
Commercial Fisheries Conservation: No commercial crabbing license (1), and unlicensed sale of blue crabs (1), Sussex County.
Wildlife Conservation: Operating a vehicle off an established roadway (1), unregistered motor vehicle (2), operating an ATV on a public roadway (2), operating an ATV without a helmet (2), operating an ATV on lands without permission of the landowner (2), New Castle County.
Boating Safety: No life jackets on children age 12 or younger as required by law (1), no boat ramp certificate (1), slow-no-wake violations (3), Sussex County; operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (6), operating a motor vessel without a boating safety certificate (4), Kent and Sussex counties; negligent operation of motor vessel (1), operating motor vessel without fire extinguisher (1), operating motor vessel without navigation lights (1), and unregistered motor vessel (2), Kent County.
Other: Possession of fireworks (1), New Castle County.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds boaters that life jacket requirements apply to non-motorized vessels such as canoes, kayaks and rowboats as well as larger motorized vessels.
“Because small craft such as canoes and kayaks are inherently less stable than most motorized vessels, even the most experienced paddlers are likely to wind up in the water on occasion,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Office of Boating Safety. “We suggest U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type V inflatable PFDs, which are lightweight, comfortable, and will not interfere with paddling.”
Note to hunters: With hunting season opening on Saturday, Sept. 1, now is the time to complete hunting safety courses, purchase hunting licenses and prepare equipment. Hunters born after Jan. 1, 1967 are required to complete a hunting safety course. For information on Hunter Education, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/HunterEd/Pages/HunterEd.aspx.
Hunting licenses are on sale now at the DNREC licensing desk in the Richardson and Robbins Building in Dover and from license agents throughout the state. For a list of license agents, visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Info/Pages/LicenseAgents.aspx
Licenses also may be purchased online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Licenses.aspx .
State wildlife area maps and updated regulations for the upcoming 2012-2013 hunting season also are available online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/HuntingMaps.aspx .
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. 293