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: June 17-23
Reminder for week: Review Delaware regulations on popular catches
DOVER (June 27, 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 June 17-23 made 1,697 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 237 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 65 complaints and issued 54 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: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1), Kent County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (14), and possession of undersized blue crabs (10), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of undersized weakfish (1), Kent County; Over the limit of recreational crab pots (1), use of recreational crab pots without required turtle excluder (1), clamming in a prohibited area (1), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), and possession of flounder parts (2), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: No boating safety certificate (4), New Castle and Sussex counties; Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (8), Kent and Sussex counties; No life jacket on child age 12 or younger as required by law (3), negligent operation of a vessel (1), operating a motor vessel with an expired registration (3), allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (1), and no type IV throwable life preserver on board/required safety equipment for recreational vessels 16 feet or more in length (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Driving without a license (1), Kent County.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational anglers to review regulations on some popular and tasty catches, including summer flounder. Delaware’s summer flounder fishery is open all year, with a 16-inch minimum size for keepers and a daily limit of four fish.
Anglers using summer flounder parts for bait should plan to keep a carcass on board. Under Delaware law, it is illegal to possess any part of a summer flounder that measures less than 16 inches between its two most distant points, unless the angler also has in possession the head, backbone and tail intact.
Another popular catch for the table is Atlantic croaker, which are widespread in Delaware waters right now. Minimum size for keepers is 8 inches, with no closed season and no possession limit.
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 by license agents statewide.
Most anglers require a Delaware fishing license to fish, crab or clam in Delaware waters. Fishing licenses are sold online, or at the Dover licensing desk, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 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. 223