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 16-23
Reminder for the week: Drinking and boating don’t mix
DOVER (May 25, 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 28 complaints and issued 14 citations between May 16 and May 23.
Citations issued between May 16 and May 23 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (6), Seaford, Port Penn, Newport, Felton and Nanticoke River near Blades; possession of undersized blue crab (1), Broadkill River near Lewes.
Wildlife Conservation: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway (1), damaging state property (1), and driving without a license (1), all at the C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges.
Public Safety: Disorderly conduct (1), Delaware City.
Other: Dumping (3), Milford Neck Wildlife Area near Slaughter Beach.
Are you AWARE?
For Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout boating season, the Delaware Office of Boating Safety and the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix – and that boat operators found to have blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher may face charges for operating a vessel under the influence as well as putting themselves, their passengers and other boaters at risk.
“Environmental stressors aboard a boat such as constant motion, heat, sun glare and dehydration enhance the effects of any amount of alcohol. Because of this, the Office of Boating Safety strongly recommends that boat operators not consume alcohol,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Office of Boating Safety. “We also encourage having a non-drinking designated boat operator.”
Other tips for recreational boaters to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend include:
· Check supplies on your boat before heading out on the water. Required safety equipment includes flares, a fire extinguisher, a sound-producing emergency device such as a whistle or horn, and enough life jackets for all aboard. Navigation lights are required if operating at night.
· Keep ramp certificates, boating safety certificates (required for all boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1978), fishing licenses and identification available should you be asked or boarded for a routine safety check.
· 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, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/Boating/BoatingSafety.htm.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.
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