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 Sept. 5-19
Reminder for the week: Selling wildlife is illegal in Delaware
DOVER (Sept.24, 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 104 complaints and issued 89 citations between Sept. 5-19. Incidents of particular note included:
· On Sept. 10, John E. Charron, 41, of Preston, Md., was arrested and charged with six counts of illegally taking protected species of sharks. Mr. Charron pled guilty to the charges and paid $489 in fines and court costs in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown.
· On Sept. 16, Matthew Daniels, 23, of Smyrna, was cited for fishing without a license off a bridge over Blackbird Creek in New Castle County, and taken into custody on a capias issued by the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Daniels was released after posting $118 cash bond.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Recreational Fisheries Conservation: Fishing without a license (9), and possession of undersized striped bass (3), New Castle and Sussex counties; improperly marked recreational crab pot (1), and no by-catch excluder on recreational crab pot (1), Kent County; possession of undersized blue crabs (1), failure to release protected shark species unharmed (6), possession of undersized Atlantic croaker (20), net use in prohibited area (2), possession of undersized black sea bass (3), over limit summer flounder (1), possession of undersized weakfish (3), and over limit weakfish (3), Sussex County.
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours in state wildlife area (3), illegally offering wildlife for sale (1), illegally offering migratory waterfowl for sale (1), migratory bird violations (3), possession of unlawfully taken game (1), hunting without a license (1), and hunting with prohibited shot (2), New Castle County; hunting with unplugged shotgun (2), Kent County.
Boating Safety: Carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vessel (3), operating a vessel at night without navigation lights (1), operating a motor vessel in prohibited area - Noxontown Pond (1), New Castle County; operating a vessel under the influence/OUI* (1), reckless endangering* (1), reckless operation of a vessel* (1), failing to maintain a proper lookout* (1), excessive speed during time of restricted visibility* (1), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (1), no life jackets on children age 12 or younger as required by law (1), and excessive vessel speed/slow no-wake violation (2), Sussex County; boating safety equipment violations (3), New Castle and Sussex counties.
* These charges were in connection with a Sept. 17 incident in Indian River Inlet that was the subject of a Sept. 19 press release.
Public Safety: Possession of marijuana (1), possession of drug paraphernalia (2), and unregistered motor vehicle (1), and inattentive driving (1), New Castle County.
Are you AWARE?
On Sept. 11, Enforcement agents cited a Wilmington man for one count each of offering native wildlife (taxidermied deer) for sale and offering taxidermied migratory waterfowl for sale in connection with a Craigslist posting of mounted wildlife including deer heads, ducks, a pheasant, a full-body fawn, a full-body bear and cleaned skulls and antlers for sale at a yard sale. The man agreed to donate the illegally offered items to Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range in New Castle.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement would like to remind the public that under Delaware law, it is illegal to sell wildlife species, whether in the form of live animals, taxidermy-mounted specimens, or meat, including white-tailed deer or deer parts.
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. 370