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 30-June 6
Reminder for the week: Life jackets save lives, so be safe and wear it
DOVER (June 8, 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 40 complaints and issued 25 citations between May 30 and June 6.
Citations issued between May 30 and June 6 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Tampering with recreational crab pot (1), Bowers Beach; possession of undersized summer flounder (1), Lewes; possession of undersized white perch (3), Delaware City; possession of undersized blue crab (2), Broadkill Beach and Assawoman Bay.
Boating Safety: No life jackets on children age 12 or younger as required by law (3), Newport, Rehoboth Beach, and Indian River; insufficient life jackets aboard vessel (6), Assawoman Bay, St. Jones River near Dover, Masseys Landing near Long Neck; slow no wake violations (3), Indian River; operating a motor vessel without a boating safety certificate (3), Delaware City and Assawoman Bay; and operating an unregistered motor vessel (1), Indian River.
Other: Dumping on state lands (2), Fowler Beach near Milford and C&D Canal Wildlife Area near Delaware City.
Are you AWARE?
The Delaware Office of Boating Safety of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds boaters of the importance of life jackets while boating. Statistics support the vital role of wearing life jackets in keeping boaters safe. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, nearly three-quarters of all boating fatalities nationwide in 2011 were drowning victims – and more than 80 percent of them were not wearing life jackets.
“Like seatbelts in automobiles, we know without question that life jackets save lives,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Office of Boating Safety. “Today’s life jackets are also more effective, more comfortable and even more fashionable than in the past, so there’s simply no reason not to use them.”
In Delaware, life jackets also are the law, with the following requirements included:
· Children age 12 and younger are required to wear a life jacket while underway in any vessel on Delaware waters.
· Recreational vessels are required to carry one life jacket for each person aboard, and to keep them readily accessible. (Minimum fine for violations: $76.50)
· Recreational vessels 16 feet in length or longer are required to carry one throwable cushion or ring buoy in addition to life jackets for all aboard.
“Though life jackets are not legally required for adults, they should be worn, especially by anyone with limited swimming skills,” Sgt. Rhodes added.
For more information on life jackets and 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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