Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council At-Large Seat Vacancy (February 19)
DOVER – Governor Carney is seeking nominees for two vacant at-large seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC). The MAFMC is responsible for managing fisheries in federal waters that extend from three miles to 200 miles offshore, from the coastal states of New York through North Carolina. The MAFMC manages fish species that are very important to Delaware, such as Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass. Click here for more information.
Archived Fisheries News
Division of Fish &Wildlife launches new web-based fish facts website (January 9)
DOVER – DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife is please to announce a new web based fact page for numerous fish species available to be caught or potentially caught by anglers in state and new shore coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean. The new website allows users to view species specific information ranging from seasons, size and possession limits to habitat to common fishing lures and baits. The webpages are easily used on portable devices (tablets and cellphones). Click here for access the webpage.
Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Seat Vacancy (January 9)
DOVER – Governor Markell is seeking nominees for Delaware's obligatory seat on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC). The MAFMC is responsible for managing fisheries in federal waters that extend from three miles to 200 miles offshore, from the coastal states of New York through North Carolina. The MAFMC manages fish species that are very important to Delaware, such as Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass. Click here for more information.
Reef sites designated as SMZ (June 12)
DOVER – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has established Special Management Zones (SMZ) at four of Delaware's Atlantic Ocean Reefs under a new rule that was published in the Federal Register and will go into effect on July 9. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife began the SMZ process in 2011 to limit fishing gear permitted on the four reefs and thereby emlinate gear conflicts between commercial and recreational fishing and to ensure compliance with restrictions under the Federal Sport Fish Restoration program recreational fishing funding used to establish the reefs. Click here for more information.
Blueline tilefish regulation changes in effect (June 12)
DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers of emergency management measures for the blueline tilefish fishery that went effect June 4. The purpose of the emergency action is to limit mortality on unregulated blueline tilefish. The measures are for vessels fishing north of the Virginia - North Carolina border and limit commercial possession to 300 pounds per trip, recreational limit of 7 fish per trip and requires commercial and charter/party vessels must hold a valid open access golden tilefish permit to land blueline tilefish. Click here for more information on the emergency action. Click here for information regarding an upcoming public hearing on blueline tilefish regualtions.
Recreational striped bass regulation changes (May 7)
DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers that the new recreational striped bass regulation will take effect May 11. The revised regulation brings Delaware into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Fisheries Management Plan, which now requires a 25-percent reduction in both the recreational and commercial striped bass harvests in 2015. The new regulation reduces recreational harvest through changes in size limits, but maintains Delaware’s current seasons and possession limits. Click here for more information.
Black sea bass season adjusted (May 6)
DOVER – DNREC Secretary David Small has signed an Emergency Order changing the opening day of recreational black sea bass season to May 15 rather than the previously established May 19 date, thereby keeping Delaware’s tidal finfish regulations consistent with revised federal recreational black sea bass season regulations published March 25. Click here for more information.
Downstate trout season opener postponed until March 14 (March 5)
DOVER – Due to the recent extreme cold and today’s winter storm as forecast by the National Weather Service, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has postponed opening day of downstate trout season by one week, from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14 at Tidbury Pond near Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood. Both ponds will now remain closed to any fishing until March 14 in preparation for the new opening day. Click here for more information.