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 June 20-27
Reminder for the week: Delaware fishing license required for recreational anglers
DOVER (June 29, 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 63 complaints and issued 51 citations between June 20 and 27. Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (9), Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties; prohibited method of take (1), Kent County; possession of undersized summer flounder (2), Kent and Sussex counties; possession of undersized striped bass (1), possession of undersized blue crab (2), unmarked/improperly marked recreational crab pots (3) and over limit recreational crab pots (2), all Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel under the influence (4)*, Sussex and New Castle counties; negligent operation of a vessel (1), Sussex County; no life jackets on children age 12 or younger as required by law (2), Sussex County; no throwable life preserver aboard vessel (2), and insufficient number of life jackets aboard vessel (2), Sussex and New Castle counties; operating a motor vessel without a boating safety certificate (4), Sussex County; boating equipment violations/no fire extinguisher (1), New Castle County; no navigation lights (2), Sussex and New Castle counties; and owner allowing the use of a non-compliant vessel (2), boating violation (1), and operating a motor vessel with invalid registration (1), all Sussex County.
*These OUI citations were addressed in more detail in a separate press release issued June 28.
Public Safety: Clamming in a prohibited/polluted area (1), Sussex County. Note: This case involving a commercial fisheries violation was the subject of a separate press release issued on June 27.
Other: Resisting arrest (1), and failure to comply with a command from a police officer (1), both Sussex County; and possession of marijuana (2), possession of drug paraphernalia (1), driving without a license (1), no insurance card (1), and unregistered motor vehicle (1), all New Castle County.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section 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, pick up a copy of the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide at your local tackle shop or license dealer, or check it out online at www.fw.delaware.gov/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. 242