Contact: Lt. Douglas Messeck, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-258-4045, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 11-17
Reminder for the week: Anglers need fishing license, trout stamp, FIN number for trout season
DOVER (Feb. 21, 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 Feb. 11-17 made 148 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including eight vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to nine complaints and issued five citations, one of which was related to increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail currently under construction.
An incident of particular note was:
· Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are investigating recent damage to the locks on the gates at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area near Townsend. An unknown suspect has also been placing tire spikes at strategic locations throughout Cedar Swamp. At least one hunter drove over the spikes, but his tires were undamaged. Anyone with any information concerning this vandalism/criminal mischief case is asked to call Fish & Wildlife Enforcement at 302-739-4580.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing in a closed area of a state wildlife area (2), and operating a motor vehicle off established roadways in a state wildlife area (1)*, New Castle County; Unlicensed hunting (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Loitering to engage in sexual activity (1), Sussex County.
* This citation was issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Training:
To maintain a high level of law enforcement professionalism, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents participated in three days of annual training held on Feb. 17-19. Topics included an update on Delaware’s wildlife and fisheries regulations; and presentations on fraudulent identification and documents such as driver’s licenses, passports and social security cards; wildlife forensics; juvenile procedures; grain identification; checking for waterfowl bait; and use of force, including Taser recertification and use of the expandable baton and capstun (pepper spray).
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers that with trout season opening downstate at 7 a.m. next Saturday, March 1 and other spring fishing opportunities coming up soon, they will need to purchase their 2014 Delaware fishing license and, if going trout fishing, a trout stamp. Trout will be stocked in Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County. Both ponds are currently closed to all fishing until opening day on March 1. Upstate, trout season in six stocked trout streams opens at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5.
A resident annual Delaware recreational fishing license, which covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout stamps if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20.
Most trout anglers must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp, with the exception of anglers younger than age 12 and resident anglers age 65 and older. For residents age 16 through 64, a trout stamp costs $4.20. For residents age 12 through 15, a youth trout stamp costs $2.10. For non-residents, a trout stamp is required for all anglers age 12 and older and costs $6.20.
Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.
To purchase a fishing license or stamps online, click Delaware Fishing License. Complete Delaware fishing information is available in the new 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide, available online at 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide or in printed form at DNREC’s licensing desk at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
For additional information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914, or the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s recreational licensing program at 302-739-9918.
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. 47