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Commercial Fishing

The Fisheries Section works to enhance and protect Delaware’s fish and aquatic resources and is responsible for conducting fisheries research, resource monitoring, and the collection of biological information on marine fisheries. The information collected is then analyzed and used to determine the need for any changes to seasons, size limits or quotas.

Gillnets deployed in Delaware Bay

ADVISORY: It is unlawful to harvest river herring (alewife and blueback herring) recreationally or commercially in Delaware. Click here for more information.



Quota Information

ADVISORY: The 2019 oyster season is from April 1 through May 31, and reopens from Sept. 2 - Dec. 31. The total quota for the fishery is 16,852 bushels.




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