Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 23-March 1
Reminder for the week: Crabbers reminded to prepare crab pots for new season
DOVER (March 6, 2015) – 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 Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 23-March 1 made 706 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including one vessel boarding for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 42 complaints and issued 11 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish & 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.
An incident of particular note was:
· On Feb. 24, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers issued criminal summonses to Norman C. Kennedy Jr., 60, of Millsboro, and Daniel J. Hardy, 49, of Georgetown, for one count each of loitering to engage in sexual conduct in a public place at Massey’s Landing boat ramp. Both pled guilty in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and were fined $107 each.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (9), Kent and Sussex counties.
Public Safety: Loitering to engage in sexual conduct in a public place (2), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational crabbers to repair crab pots and replace or refresh required markings before putting crab pots in the water for the season. Recreational crab pots must be marked with the owner’s full name and permanent mailing address, either on the required white buoy or on a waterproof tag attached to the buoy.
Crabbers also should check the condition of the required turtle by-catch reduction device, a rigid metal or plastic frame measuring 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches that is attached at the funnel entrance of all recreational crab pots to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pot and drowning. By-catch reduction devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire. Directions to make or install a by-catch reduction device are available online at Turtle Excluder.
For more information on crabbing in Delaware, click on 2015 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.
The DNREC Division of Fish & 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 & 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. 45, No. 57