Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Dec. 24-30
Reminder for the week: Time to purchase your 2014 Delaware fishing license
DOVER (Jan. 6, 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 Dec. 24-30 made 503 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 58 vessel boardings for boating safety/hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 26 complaints and issued 13 citations, two of which were associated with increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Unlicensed hunting (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Trespassing to hunt (1), hunting waterfowl without required federal waterfowl stamp (1), possession of unlawfully taken game (1)*, hunting in a closed area on a state wildlife area (1)*, and target shooting on a state wildlife area (1), New Castle County; Possession of prohibited lead shot/shot size while hunting migratory waterfowl (1), Kent County.
Boating Safety: Operating an unregistered motor vessel (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vessel (1), and operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (1), New Castle County.
Public Safety: Failure to stop at stop sign (1), New Castle County.
* These citations were issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers that it’s time to purchase their 2014 Delaware fishing licenses, as their 2013 licenses expired on Dec. 31. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware in both tidal and non-tidal waters.
A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Anglers under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware. Some requirements differ for non-resident anglers. Exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they so choose to help support fisheries management in Delaware.
Recreational anglers fishing Delaware waters also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number; this number is generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through Delaware’s electronic licensing systems. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older; non-resident boat fishing license holders who do not have an individual license; and individuals fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license, must obtain their free F.I.N. number by visiting www.delaware-fin.com or calling 800-432-9228 toll-free.
Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, click Delaware Licenses. For more information, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries.
Anglers also are reminded that the recreational black sea bass season closed in Delaware coastal waters beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. Federal waters, which begin 3 miles from shore, also closed on Jan. 1. Open season(s) for 2014 have not been finalized, but recommendations under consideration are for open seasons from May 19 to Sept. 18 and from Oct. 18 to Dec. 31, as well as a minimum size of 12.5 inches and a 15-fish daily harvest limit. Open season dates, minimum size and harvest limits for 2014 will be announced when finalized.
For more information on black sea bass or other Delaware fishing regulations, call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914 or visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries.
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. 43, No. 1