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Double lane boat ramp reopens at Phillips Landing following repairs

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:12
DOVER (Aug. 13, 2015) –The double-lane boat ramp at Phillips Landing near Bethel has reopened with full access restored following repairs, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Officials cut the ribbon to open the new Assawoman Canal Trail

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:40
OCEAN VIEW (Aug. 12, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders and groups, to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Assawoman Canal Trail. The one-mile trail is part of a regional network of trails, sidewalks and pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, physically linking communities that share a boundary with the trail.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter July 27 to Aug 2

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:48
DOVER (Aug. 7, 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 27-Aug. 2 made 1,900 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 277 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 90 complaints and issued 60 citations.

Closure of Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge for upgrades to dam rescheduled for Aug 17 to Sept 30

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 15:33
DOVER (Aug. 7, 2015) – Due to delays for the contractor in the shipment of construction equipment, a DNREC dam repair project at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna has been postponed. Revised plans now call for access to the north parking lot and fishing footbridge at the Division of Fish & Wildlife-managed fishing and boating area to be closed from Monday, Aug. 17 through Wednesday, Sept. 30 to allow contractors to perform construction work along the dam.

Phillips Landing Boat Ramp in Sussex County to partially close for repairs Aug 10 to 11

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:14
DOVER (August 6, 2015) –The double-lane boat ramp at Phillips Landing near Bethel will be closed from Monday, Aug. 10 through Tuesday, Aug. 11 to allow contractors to repair the concrete ramp, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The adjacent single-lane boat ramp and parking lot will remain open during the repairs. Access to the shoreline for fishing will be unaffected.

Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge to close Aug 10 to Sept 7 for upgrades to dam

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:34
DOVER (Aug. 6, 2015) – Access to the north parking lot and fishing footbridge at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna will be closed from Monday, Aug. 10 through Monday, Sept. 7 to allow contractors to perform construction work along the dam, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for August 19 in Dover

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 16:20
DOVER (August 5, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 19 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: July 20-26

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:42
DOVER (July 31, 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 20-26 made 1,586 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 294 vessel boardings

DNREC announces plans to dredge Little River near Dover

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:45
DOVER (July 31, 2015) – DNREC’s Divisions of Watershed Stewardship and Fish & Wildlife today announced plans for a cooperative dredging project on the Little River near Dover, from the Route 9/Bayside Drive bridge in Little Creek east into the Delaware Bay

Governor Markell joins DNREC Secretary David Small in honoring Delawares 2015 Young Environmentalists in State Fair ceremony

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:00
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats honored eight Delaware students recognized as DNREC’s 2015 Young Environmentalists of the Year.

Governor Markell, Secretary Small honor DNRECs Volunteers of the Year at State Fair ceremony

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:43
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored the Department’s 2015 Volunteers of the Year, with awards presented in 10 volunteer categories.

Reclaim Our River Program to hold Second Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta Aug 8 on Nanticoke River

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:53
BLADES (July 15, 2015) – The Second Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta – presented by the Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, in conjunction with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Reclaim Our River Program, the Town of Blades and the Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron – will cast off on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Nanticoke River Public Marine Park, 26 N. Market Street, Blades, DE 19973.

Winners of 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:18
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored the winners of the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 29th annual Youth Fishing Tournament, held last month at ponds across the state.

Winners of Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:22
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored the winners of the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests.

State Fairgoers vote first place winner in youth rain barrel painting contest

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:22
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko announced the first-place winner in this year’s youth rain barrel painting contest. Fairgoers had the opportunity to view the top five finalists’ painted barrels on display in the DNREC Building at the Fair, and to vote until Tuesday’s deadline for their favorite. All five barrels will remain on display until the fair closes.

DNREC honors Delawares 2015 Wetland Warriors at State Fair

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:02
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko honored longtime wetlands professional Douglas Janiec and Sussex County farmer Thomas Draper and his family as Delaware’s 2015 Wetland Warriors for their efforts to conserve and restore wetlands, while educating Delawareans on their importance.

Today is International Tiger Day at the Brandywine Zoo

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 08:57
WILMINGTON (July 29, 2015) – At the Brandywine Zoo today, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., the zoo will mark International Tiger Day, with special tiger-focused zookeeper talks throughout the day featuring the zoo’s resident Amur tiger, Zhanna. The goal of International Tiger Day is to promote global protection of tiger habitats for this endangered species, as well as raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

Commercial conch waterman arrested for felony tampering reckless endangering numerous fisheries charges

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:05
NEAR BOWERS BEACH, Del. (July 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a New Jersey-based, Delaware-licensed commercial waterman July 24 on numerous fisheries-related charges and a felony after he tried to evade a fisheries compliance boarding on Delaware Bay and steered his vessel away and into the path of a police boat.

Anti-public lewdness campaign by Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police nets 12 arrests at Wolfe Neck parking area

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:04
LEWES (July 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police have arrested 12 men this month and charged them with lewdness-related offenses in the Wolfe Neck parking area near an intersection with the Junction & Breakwater Trail.

Delaware state-record 21.8-pound blueline tilefish caught in Norfolk Canyon by Townsend angler

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:35
LEWES (July 28, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 21.8-pound blueline tilefish caught on July 25 in the Atlantic Ocean’s Norfolk Canyon, some 70 miles offshore. The catch eclipses the previous state record blueline tilefish, caught just over a month ago in Baltimore Canyon, by two pounds.