Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers protect wildlife and fisheries resources, promote boating education & safety, hunting & fishing, respond to boating emergencies and are a partner in Delaware's Homeland Security maritime mission.
Specifically, the section employs a "LEAPS" philosophy:
- Law: Enforce state laws that govern the protection of all fish, wildlife, natural resources and boating activities.
- Education: Teach the public about the importance of boating and hunter safety and the ethical use of our natural resources.
- Awareness: Create public awareness of the need to protect, appreciate, conserve and share our natural resources through various programs.
- Protection: Respond to natural disasters and provide emergency response to all hunting, fishing, and boating accidents.
- Safety: Ensure the safety of all citizens and visitors who access our State waterways and lands.
Message from the Chief:
As Chief of Enforcement for DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife, I am proud to lead our dedicated team of Natural Resources Police officers. Our goal is to achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety. My career with Fish & Wildlife began in 1989, and has provided me the opportunity to work throughout the state and through the ranks, most recently as Captain of our Sussex County region. I look forward to serving you and Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources.
Chief Robert Legates
Note to all paddle craft users (kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boards): USCG Navigation Rules require all vessels using coastal and inland waters of the United States to have a sound signal (whistle or horn) and a wearable life jacket for everyone on board at all times. (Every means of transportation on these waters is a “vessel” under USCG rules.) So please attach a whistle to your life jacket, the only other item required on paddle craft.
Remember to get your boat registration renewed if necessary, check the date on your flares, and make sure you fire extinguisher is fully charged.
2014 Annual Enforcement Report