Contact: Lt. Carl Winckoski, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-2115, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Aug. 5-11
Reminder for week: Anglers need to know regulations, restrictions on catching sharks
DOVER (Aug. 15, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Aug. 5-11 made 2,173 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 256 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 70 complaints and issued 71 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail currently under construction.
An incident of particular note was:
· On Aug. 9, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents arrested Michael Fogg, 25, of Alloway, N.J., and charged him with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol (OUI) on the C&D Canal near St. Georges. Fogg was released, pending court action in which he faces a minimum $200 fine.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Illegal target shooting on a state wildlife area (1), and dumping on a state wildlife area (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing/crabbing without a license (18), and possession of undersized blue crabs (13), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of prohibited shark species (1), Kent County; Possession of sponge crabs (3), possession of conch over the limit (1), possession of undersized black drum (1), and possession of undersized summer flounder (1), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol/OUI (1), New Castle County; No boat ramp certificate (1), Kent County; No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (9), Kent and Sussex counties; Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (4), failure to observe slow/no wake zone (1), no boating safety certificate (3), towing a water skier without required observer (1), allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (4), and operating a motor vessel with an expired registration/operating an unregistered vessel (3), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Failure to follow traffic control device (3), New Castle County; Careless driving (1), Sussex County.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement News and Training
· On Aug. 5 and 7, five agents represented the Enforcement Section at three area National Night Out observances: Cpl. Nate Evans and Cpl. Oran White in Lewes, Sr. Cpl. Jeff Howell and Sr. Cpl. Greg Rhodes in Milford, and Sr. Cpl. Mari Grehofsky in Smyrna.
· On Aug. 6, Sr. Cpl. Grehofsky and Sr. Cpl. Howell served as Honor Guard at the viewing for Commander George W. Stewart Jr., USN (Ret.), who retired from his second career with DNREC in 1987 and had received the Order of the First State from then-Governor Mike Castle, the highest award bestowed on an individual by the Governor of Delaware. Stewart served as Delaware’s first boating law administrator, directing boating registration and the boating safety program, as well as the hunter education program. He also supervised Delaware’s marine police and game wardens, today known as the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Enforcement Section.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers to become acquainted with and abide by regulations and restrictions on catching sharks in Delaware waters.
The sand tiger, sandbar, smooth dogfish and spiny dogfish are the most commonly caught shark species in Delaware. Anglers may take smooth dogfish and spiny dogfish sharks all year with no minimum size requirements and no daily limit.
However, anglers are prohibited from taking sand tiger and sandbar sharks. Due to their low reproductive rate and overfishing, both species are protected and none may be retained. No hook and line angler may remove from the water any sand tiger or sandbar shark, or any other prohibited species of shark. In addition, any sandbar shark or other prohibited species of shark must be immediately released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival.
For more information about sharks, including lists of prohibited and non-prohibited sharks, and descriptions and illustrations of species, please click 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state. For additional information, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.
Also, the National Marine Fisheries Service provides a helpful shark identification guide, which is available online at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/sharks/shark_id_placard.pdf.
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. 44, No. 249