Contact: Sr. Cpl. 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: July 15-21
Reminder for week: Striped bass slot limit season
in effect through Aug. 31 in Delaware Bay tributaries
DOVER (July 25, 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 July 15-21 made 2,054 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 381 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 76 complaints and issued 74 citations. During this period, 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.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Entering a state wildlife area after hours (2), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (23), and possession of undersized blue crabs (24), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Trespassing to fish on private property (1), New Castle County; Possession of undersized striped bass (1), possession of prohibited species of shark (1), and use of recreational crab pots without required turtle excluder (1), Kent County; over the limit recreational crab pots (1), possession of undersized summer flounder (2), and possession of undersized tautog (2), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (8), New Castle and Sussex counties; No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (2), failure to observe slow/no wake zone (1), allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (2), no Type IV-throwable life preserver on board/required safety equipment for recreational vessels 16 feet or more in length (1), and no tidal boat ramp certificate (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Clamming in a prohibited area (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers that the striped bass slot limit season is in effect through Sunday, Aug. 31, and only applies to the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and their tributaries. The slot limit does not apply to the Atlantic Ocean, or to the Inland Bays or Nanticoke River or their tributaries.
In addition, the following rules apply to the striped bass slot limit season:
· Size limit for the slot season is 20 to 26 inches total length.
· Any striped bass smaller or larger than the slot size must be released during this special season in the specified area.
· The 28-inch minimum size is in effect during all other months.
· Possession limit during the special season is two fish.
· Striped bass slot limit season is for recreational hook-and-line anglers only.
For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
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. 260