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 8-16
Reminder for the week: Boat safe, boat smart and wear your life jacket
DOVER (May 18, 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 43 complaints and issued 247 citations between May 8 and May 16, as well as numerous warnings for minor boating safety and fishing violations. Incidents of particular note included:
· On May 12, Shawn P. Moore, 36, of Lewes, was arrested and charged with 200 counts of violations of commercial shellfishing regulations: 66 counts of conch pots not equipped with bait saving device with horseshoe crab bait, 67 counts of improperly marked conch pots, and 67 counts of failure to tend conch pots within 72 hours. Moore was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $20,000 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date in the Court of Common Pleas.
· On May 15, Ethan Henry, age 21, of Laurel, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and hunting deer during a closed season. Henry was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $1,500 cash bond.
Citations issued between May 8 and May 16 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (8), Port Penn, C&D Canal near St. Georges, Middletown, Mispillion River near Milford; possession of undersized white perch (5), Port Penn, Mispillion River near Milford; trespassing to fish (1), Hoopes Reservoir near Wilmington; illegal use of gill net (4), over limit of shad (4), possession of undersized blue crab (4) and illegal use of net in spillway (4), all same incident, Port Penn.
Commercial: Conch pots not equipped with horseshoe crab bait-saving device (66), improperly marked conch pots (67) and failure to tend conch pots within 72 hours (67), all same incident, Delaware Bay/Atlantic Ocean off Lewes.
Wildlife Conservation: Camping in prohibited area (1), Records Pond near Laurel; hunting deer during closed season (1), Laurel; damaging state property (1), Haven Lake near Milford.
Boating Safety: Insufficient life jackets on vessel (2), Collins Beach near Smyrna; no life jackets on children age 12 or younger as required by law (2), Indian River near Millville, Nanticoke River near Laurel; failure to maintain proper lookout (1) and expired boat registration (1), same incident, Delaware River near Delaware City.
Public Safety: Possession of a firearm by a person prohibited (1), Laurel; aggressive driving (1), unsafe passing (1), following too closely (1), operating a motor vehicle on shoulder of roadway (1), all same incident, New Castle.
Other: Dumping (3), C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges.
Are you AWARE?
For National Boating Safety Week, May 19-25, the Delaware Office of Boating Safety and the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section remind boaters to “Boat Smart, Boat Safe and Wear It!” While enjoying Delaware’s beautiful natural resources, boaters on Delaware waterways are encouraged to stay sober at the helm, wear your life jacket and take a boating safety education course to ensure the safety of you and your family and friends.
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. 187