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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 2 hours 6 min ago

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Nov 17 to 23

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:12
DOVER (Nov. 26, 2014) – 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 17-23 made 907 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including nine vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 39 citations.

Community Involvement Advisory Council to meet Dec 2 at Smyrna State Service Center

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:12
DOVER (Nov. 26, 2014) – Delaware’s Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) will meet Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 a.m. at the Smyrna State Service Center’s large conference room, 200 South DuPont Highway, Smyrna, DE 19977.

Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters to be aware of shared hunting grounds during mixed seasons

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:09
DOVER (Nov. 26, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that a variety of game is in season from now until February, and to be aware of other hunters carrying diverse firearms and other weapons and seeking different game animals. Small game hunters, squirrel hunters in particular, should know that they may find themselves sharing their hunting spots with camouflaged archery deer hunters in tree stands.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold public workshops on proposed increases to hunting and trapping license fees

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:25
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced a series of public workshops to share information and gather feedback regarding wildlife services and proposed changes to hunting and trapping license fees. Hunting license fee revenues have decreased in the past decade and program operating costs have increased, resulting in the need to reduce various wildlife program operations and services.

Delaware State Parks seeks public input in plans to raise user fees; the first increase in a decade

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:05
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is proposing increases in certain user fees, and is seeking input from the public on the proposed changes. Delaware State Parks has maintained a high level of public service without adjusting fees for the last 10 years. As enacted by the Delaware General Assembly, passed in the FY15 Bond and Capital Improvement Act (HB 425), the division is seeking input on the proposal through three public open houses in December - one in each county.

November meeting of Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish rescheduled for Dec 9

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:37
DOVER (Nov. 24, 2014) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25 has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 in DNREC’s auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Nov 11 to 17

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:40
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2014) – 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 11-17 made 1,243 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including five vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 65 citations.

Woodland Beach fishing pier to close for paving repairs Nov 21

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:56
DOVER (Nov. 20, 2014) – The fishing pier at Woodland Beach near Smyrna will be closed Friday, Nov.21 to allow contractors to complete parking lot repairs adjacent to the pier, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:10
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently approved an addendum to the regional Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan that requires all states in the striped bass management unit to reduce their 2015 recreational and commercial coastal striped bass harvest by 25 percent. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced steps toward implementing the regulation change in Delaware, with a public hearing and accompanying public comment period

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for habitat restoration project near Bethel on Dec 7

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:12
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with ongoing vital habitat restoration work at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area in Sussex County, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Harrington collects almost 60 tons of tires

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:25
DOVER (Nov. 18, 2014) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, sponsored its 13th scrap tire drop-off day Nov. 8 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington and netted nearly 60 tons of old and disused tires for recycling

Waterfowl hunting seasons reopen Nov 24 through 29

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:19
DOVER (Nov. 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds waterfowlers that the next seasonal segment for hunting migratory ducks and Canada geese runs from Monday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

New DNREC Emergency Response Team video details work of department’s first responders

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:08
DOVER (Nov. 17, 2014) – A new video on DNREC’s YouTube Channel features the department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), DNREC’s first responders for releases of hazardous materials and for environmental emergencies.

Shotgun deer season opens clear and cold, and with success for many hunters

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:34
DOVER (Nov. 14, 2014) – After a night of rain and snow to the north, Friday’s opening day of Delaware’s shotgun deer season dawned cold and dry under clearing skies, drawing hopeful deer hunters from all over the state and from neighboring states as well.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Nov 4 to 10

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:27
DOVER (Nov. 14, 2014) – 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 4-10 made 563 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 57 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 238 citatations.

Commercial waterman charged with more than 200 commercial shellfish violations

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:46
DOVER (Nov. 13, 2014) – Following an investigation, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers on Nov. 1 arrested a commercial waterman and charged him with 224 commercial shellfish violations, many of which involved horseshoe crabs, on the Delaware Bay.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife seeks reports from public to bolster annual statewide bald eagle survey

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:14
DOVER (Nov. 13, 2014) – Each year, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife conducts a statewide aerial survey to monitor Delaware’s bald eagle population. By conducting surveys from February through May, wildlife biologists identify resident bald eagle territories and examine them for active nesting and productivity. As in recent years, the Division is again requesting that Delawareans report bald eagle sightings to help identify new nests and to give better focus to these aerial surveys.

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement investigating boat sinking in Indian River Inlet

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:20
DOVER (Nov. 12, 2014) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers are investigating a boating accident which occurred Monday evening, Nov. 10 in the Indian River Inlet, in which a large sportfishing boat sank.

Temporary trail bridge on Creek Road Trail now open at Brandywine Creek State Park

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:13
WILMINGTON (Nov. 13, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has installed a temporary bridge over Rocky Run within Brandywine Creek State Park, restoring a trail connection that will accommodate most trail users until a new Rocky Run Bridge is built.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great fall shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:15
DOVER (Nov. 12, 2014) – With fall hunting seasons in full swing, now is the perfect time to take that great photo of a Delaware hunter in action, and enter it in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.