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 30-Aug. 6
Reminders for the week: Recreational anglers, crabbers, clammers need fishing license
DOVER (Aug. 9, 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 30-Aug. 6 made 1,686 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 271 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 59 complaints and issued 51 citations, nine of which were associated with increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area (formerly the C&D Canal Wildlife Area) and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Incidents of particular note were:
· On July 30, Jermaine A. Brown, 30, of Dover, was arrested in connection with an incident at Port Mahon Wildlife Area in June and charged with resisting arrest, disregarding a police signal to stop, no driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle at unreasonable speeds, no fishing license, damaging state property, and operating a motor vehicle off established roadways in a state wildlife area. Brown pled not guilty in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas and was released on $1,250 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date.
· On Aug. 3, Amie M. Stevens, 19, of Elkton, Md., was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and lewdness near the new trail in the C&D Canal Conservation Area. A companion also was charged with lewdness. Ms. Stevens was arraigned, pled not guilty and released on $1,200 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date.
· On Aug. 6, agents responded to a report of a boating accident on the C&D Canal. Edward J. Ward, 56, of New London, Pa., was cited for careless operation of a vessel and ordered to have his boat removed from the jetty where it was grounded. No injuries were reported, and the boat, which was removed by a private salvage company, apparently sustained only minor hull damage.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Lewdness (3)*, and dumping (1)*, New Castle County; Damaging state property (1), and operating a motor vehicle off established roadways in a state wildlife area (1), Kent County; Trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area (3), and loitering (2), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (9), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of undersized blue crabs (7), improper crab pot marking (2), and possession of undersized tautog (1), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Careless operation of a vessel (1)*, New Castle County; Operating an unregistered vessel (1), Kent County; Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (6), and no boating safety certificate (2), Kent and Sussex counties; No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (3), and no boat ramp certificate (2), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of heroin (1)*, and possession of drug paraphernalia (1)*, New Castle County; Resisting arrest (1), disregarding a police signal to stop (1), no valid driver’s license (1), and operating a motor vehicle at unreasonable speeds(1), Kent County.
*These citations were issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area; additional violations at this site are also included above but are not marked with an asterisk: (2) charges for unlicensed fishing.
Are you AWARE?
As the summer season winds down, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents would like to remind recreational anglers who fish, crab or clam in tidal or non-tidal waters statewide that they must have a valid Delaware fishing license. A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Higher license prices apply to non-resident anglers. Anglers under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware. Exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they so choose to help support fisheries management in Delaware.
Recreational anglers fishing Delaware waters also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number; this number is generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through Delaware’s electronic licensing systems. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older; non-resident boat fishing license holders who do not have an individual license; and individuals fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license, must obtain their free F.I.N. number by visiting www.delaware-fin.com or calling 800-432-9228 toll-free.
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. 310