Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter March 14-21
Reminder for the week: Upstate trout streams closed before April 7 season opening
DOVER (March 23, 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 54 complaints and issued five citations between March 14 and 21. Incidents of particular note this week include:
· Fish and Wildlife agents are seeking a suspect who broke into vehicles parked at the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area near Viola on March 18 and stole items valued at more than $1,000, with damage to vehicles estimated at more than $200. The investigation is continuing.
· Agents responded to a report of a sunken vessel at Bowers Beach on March 18. The vessel’s owner/operator told agents he found the boat underwater the morning after securing it. The 52-foot, wood-hulled commercial fishing vessel was built in 1946 with a diesel fuel capacity of 550 gallons. DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit determined that no fuel had spilled. The vessel was within U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction, and Fish and Wildlife Enforcement turned the investigation over to the Coast Guard. Cause of the sinking has not been determined.
· Also on March 18, agents took two people into custody on Little Neck Road in Prime Hook near Milford. Nathaniel W. Howell, age 37, of Ellendale, was cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license, issued a summons to appear in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown at a later date, and released. Dawn M. McCary, age 39, of Sicklerville, N.J., was cited for one count each of criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3, pled not guilty and was released on bond pending trial at a later date.
Citations issued between March 14 and 21 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (2), Hearns Pond near Seaford.
Public Safety/Other: Driving with suspended or revoked license (1), criminal impersonation (1), possession of drug paraphernalia (1), all at Prime Hook near Milford. (See details above.)
Are you AWARE?
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers that six upstate trout streams – Beaver Run, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Mill Creek, White Clay Creek and Wilson Run – will be closed to fishing for two weeks prior to the Saturday, April 7 opening of upstate trout season. The closure begins Saturday, March 24 and will be enforced.
In addition to Delaware’s normal fishing license requirements, most anglers who want to catch trout also must purchase a trout stamp, which costs $4.20 for ages 16 through 64, or a youth stamp, which costs $2.10 for youth anglers ages 12 through 15. A resident annual fishing license, which now covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64.
Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout stamps if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. Higher stamp and license prices apply to non-resident anglers. All proceeds from trout stamps are used to purchase next year’s fish.
To check out the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide or to purchase a fishing license or stamps online, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries. For more information, call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.
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. 42, No. 100