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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  

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 4-10
Reminder for the week: Delaware fishing license required for fishing, crabbing, clamming

DOVER (May 15, 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 May 4-10 made 1,600 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 126 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 30 complaints and issued 23 citations, two 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 May 7, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited three commercial clammers for one count each of clamming in a prohibited/closed area in the southern end of Rehoboth Bay. Jerry W. Sylvester, 68, Ronald J. Sylvester, 40, and Paul Perry, 28, all of Felton, were fined $107 each, including court costs.

Citations issued by offense 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)*, and damaging state property (1)*, New Castle County.

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (9), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Use of drift net without a permit (1), and use of gill net in prohibited area (1), New Castle County; Tending more than two recreational crab pots (1), harvesting oysters from the Inland Bays (1), illegal use of cast net in tidal water within 300 feet of a dam or spillway (1), Sussex County.

Boating and Boating Safety: Operating a motor vessel with an expired registration/operating an unregistered vessel (1), and improper display of boat registration (1), New Castle County; allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (1), Sussex County.

Public Safety: Commercial clamming in a prohibited/closed area (3), and recreational clamming in a prohibited/closed area (1), Sussex County.

* These citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.

Are you AWARE?
With fishing season in full swing, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police reminds recreational anglers who fish, crab or clam in Delaware’s tidal or non-tidal waters statewide that they must have a valid 2015 Delaware fishing license.

A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Higher license prices apply to non-resident anglers. Anglers under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware. Exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they so choose to help support fisheries management in Delaware.

“Fishing license sales in Delaware directly benefit anglers by supporting the state’s fisheries programs and providing funding to construct and maintain public fishing piers and boat ramps,” said Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. “Unfortunately, some anglers do not observe state fishing license requirements – and if they are caught fishing without a license, they discover that buying a resident license for $8.50 is much cheaper than the minimum fine of $106 plus court costs.”

Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.

Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent or to purchase a license online, please visit Delaware Licenses on the DNREC website. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

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, 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 and 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

Vol. 45, No. 153

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