Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter:
Reminder for the week: Striped bass slot limit season
in effect through Aug. 31 in Delaware Bay and its tributaries
DOVER (July 24, 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 Natural Resources Police officers between July 13-19 made 1,982 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 356 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 99 complaints and issued 121 citations, three of which were related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence.
An incident of particular note was:
· On July 17, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited commercial fisherman John R. Moore Jr., 53, of Magnolia, for possession of undersized blue crabs near Bowers Beach. Moore was issued a fine of $107, including court costs.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Possession of unlawfully taken game (1), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (2), trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (4), operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a state wildlife area (2), possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer (1), failure to attach tag to antlered deer (1), failure to retain tag on antlered deer (1), failure to retain tag on antlerless deer (1) and failure to attach tag on antlerless deer (3).
The white-tailed deer citations listed above were issued in connection with a case detailed in a July 17 press release: Frankford man fined for shooting antlered deer out of season.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (36), possession of undersized blue crabs (30), improperly marked crab pot (1), over-the-limit recreational crab pots (1), possession of undersized white perch (8), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), possession of undersized knobbed conch (2), possession of undersized black drum (1), possession of undersized striped bass (1), and Illegal use of net in within 300 feet of a dam or spillway (2).
Commercial: Possession of undersized blue crabs (1).
Boating and Boating Safety: Negligent operation of a motor vessel (1), inattentive operation of a motor vessel (1), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (2), no life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (1), no boating safety certificate (8), operating a motor vessel with an expired registration/operating an unregistered vessel (1), no boat ramp certificate (1), allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (1), and no fire extinguisher/required safety equipment (1).
Public Safety: Harvesting shellfish in a closed or prohibited area (2), passing on the shoulder/motor vehicle violation (1), and failure to observe no stopping, standing or parking zone (1).
The following three citations, which are not marked with an asterisk, were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area: Fishing without a license (2) and operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a state wildlife area (1).
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police News, Training and Outreach
On July 19, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers shared information about Delaware fishing regulations and boating safety with about 25 families at the DuPont Nature Center’s Family Fishing-n-Fun Day.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind anglers that the striped bass slot limit season is in effect through Monday, 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 in the Delaware Bay, river and tributaries:
· Size limit for the slot season is 20 to 25 inches total length.*
· Any striped bass smaller or larger than the slot size must be released during this special season in the specified area.
· Possession limit during the special season is two fish.
· Striped bass slot limit season is for recreational hook-and-line anglers only.
*This size limit is new this season under a recreational striped bass regulation that took effect in May. For more information on this and other changes affecting striped bass fishing in Delaware, click Division of Fish & Wildlife recreational striped bass regulation change to take effect on May 11. Information is also included in the online version of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide.
For more information on fishing 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.
DNREC’s 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, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 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. 239