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: March 4-10
Reminder for the week: Crabbers reminded to prepare crab pots for new season
DOVER (March 14, 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 March 4-10 made 671 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including seven vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 17 complaints and issued 12 citations, two of which were related to increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence 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 (3)*, New Castle and Kent counties; Trespassing in a state wildlife area after hours (3), New Castle County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (4), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of marijuana (1), New Castle County.
Other: Theft under $1,500 (1), New Castle County.
* Two of these citations for operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area 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 recreational crabbers to repair crab pots and replace or refresh required markings before putting them back 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 a by-catch reduction device are available online at Crabpot turtle excluder.
For more information on crabbing in Delaware, crabbers are encouraged to consult the new 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide, available online at 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide or in printed form at DNREC’s licensing desk in the 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. 65