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: May 14-21
Reminder for the week: Heed safety precautions when boating at night
DOVER (May 24, 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 May 14 and 21 made 2,019 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 192 boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 62 complaints and issued 42 citations, 16 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 included:
· On May 14, in connection with an incident at the C&D Canal Conservation Area, John M. Koronick, 20, of Elkton, Md., was arrested and charged with disregarding police command to stop, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle off established roadways in a state wildlife area, underage possession/consumption of alcohol, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His companion, Gilbert A. Torres Jr., 18, of Elkton, Md., also was arrested and charged with disregarding police command to stop, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle off established roadways in a state wildlife area. Koronick was arraigned and released on $2,500 unsecured bond pending trial in a higher court. Torres was arraigned and released on $1,200 unsecured bond pending trial in a higher court.
· On May 18, Brooke D. Waters, 34, of Milton, was cited for violation of allegedly selling blue crabs out of a pickup truck in Lewes. Under Delaware law, it is illegal for recreational crabbers to offer blue crabs for sale.
· On May 19, Ever Orosco-Bisael, 29, of Georgetown, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, plus unlicensed fishing and littering in connection with an incident near Blades. Orosco-Bisael was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $700 secured bond pending trial at a later date.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Entering a closed portion of a state wildlife area (1), Kent County; Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (3), operating a non-licensed motor vehicle in a state wildlife area (1), damaging state property in a wildlife area (1), and dumping in a state wildlife area (2), New Castle County; Trespassing in a state forest area (1), and loitering in a state wildlife area (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (9), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Illegal use of non-circle hooks for fishing during striped bass spawning season (1), New Castle County; Possession of undersized blue crab (1), over-the-limit recreational crab pots (2), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), possession of over-the-limit weakfish (4), Sussex County.
Commercial: Commercial crab license violation (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Disregarding police command to stop (2), possession of marijuana (1), possession of drug paraphernalia (1), underage possession/consumption of alcohol (1), and operating an uninsured motor vehicle (1), New Castle County; Resisting arrest (1), Sussex County.
Other: Lewdness (3), New Castle County; Littering (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers who plan on fishing at night – black drum, for example, are a popular species typically caught at night in the Delaware Bay – to pay particular attention to these safety precautions:
· Use a vessel of appropriate size and power for the waters to be fished.
· Check the weather forecast before heading out and pay close attention to the seas and skies while on the water.
· Leave a float plan with a friend, family member or local marina.
· Carry enough life jackets for everyone on board, including children, who are required to wear them.
· Carry emergency flares, a fully charged cell phone and GPS, including a battery-powered backup.
· Check for working navigation lights, steering and throttle controls, and for a fully-charged battery.
· Check oil, fuel and fluid levels.
· Avoid drinking alcohol while operating a boat.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement also offers a few tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend:
· Exercise patience and courtesy at crowded boat ramps and docks.
· Observe all “slow - no wake” areas.
· Avoid traveling at unsafe speeds, especially in congested areas.
· Do not allow youth under age 16 to operate jet skis.
For more information on boating safety, pick up a copy of the Handbook of Delaware Boating Laws and Responsibilities at the DNREC licensing desk, or visit Delaware_Boating_Safety on the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife website.
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. 216