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: May 27-June 2
Reminder for the week: Turtle excluder required on all recreational crab pots
DOVER (June 6, 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 May 27-June 2 made 1,600 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 186 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 42 complaints and issued 38 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.
Incidents of particular note were:
· On May 29, Fish and Wildlife agents arrested David R. Vilone, 24, Charles J. Potzer, 41, and a third person, all of Harrington, in connection with an incident involving gasoline theft from a state-owned fuel tank at the McGinnis Pond Wildlife Area near Frederica. Vilone was charged with theft, criminal mischief, third degree conspiracy, and illegally entering a wildlife area after hours; he was released on $1,300 unsecured bond. Potzer was charged with theft, third degree conspiracy, and illegally entering a wildlife area after hours; he was released on $800 unsecured bond. The third person with them was charged with illegally entering a wildlife area after hours and released on $50 unsecured bond. All three cases were transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for trial at a later date.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Illegally entering a state wildlife area after hours (4), Kent and Sussex counties; operating an off-road vehicle on a roadway (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (6)*, New Castle and Sussex counties;
Use of recreational crab pots without required turtle excluder (3), Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of undersized blue crabs (3), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), possession of undersized white perch (1), and possession of tautog during season closure (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Passing in a no-passing zone (1), failure to use turn signal (1), New Castle County;
Criminal mischief (1), theft (2), and third degree conspiracy (2), Kent County.
Boating Safety: No boating safety certificate (3), Kent and Sussex counties; Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (3), operating a motor vessel with an expired registration (2), no boat registration card (1), no navigation lights/required safety equipment (1), and no flares on board/required safety equipment (1), Sussex County.
* One of these citations for fishing without a license was issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational crabbers to make sure that a turtle by-catch reduction device, also called an excluder, is installed in their crab pots before using them.
To reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering crab pots, getting trapped and drowning, state fisheries regulations require use of a turtle by-catch reduction device attached in the funnel entrance of all recreational crab pots. The device is a rigid rectangular frame made of metal or plastic that measures 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches. By-catch devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade from heavy wire. (Directions to make a by-catch reduction device are available online at Crab pot excluder .)
For more information on crabbing in Delaware, please click 2014 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 DNEC 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. 193