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Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 23 thru 29

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 11:23
DOVER (June 3, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 23-29 made 3,450 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 87 citations.

DNREC public hearing on proposed changes to state’s shellfish sanitation regulations set for June 27 in Dover

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 16:48
DOVER (June 2, 2016) – A DNREC public hearing on proposed changes to Delaware’s Shellfish Sanitation Regulations is set for Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m. in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. The hearing was inadvertently listed in the state register of regulations as taking place June 2.

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces Delawares 2016 wild turkey season produced new state record harvest of 706 birds

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:11
DOVER (June 2, 2016) – Delaware’s month-long spring turkey season, which ended May 7, yielded 706 birds – a new state record, surpassing the previous record of 687 in 2014, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Delaware allows only the harvest of turkeys with beards – almost always males – during the spring season, the only time of year turkeys may be hunted here.

DNREC to hold public hearing Wednesday, June 8 in Millville on Statewide Activity Approval process for Delaware shellfish aquaculture activities

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:28
DOVER (June 2, 2016) – The DNREC Division of Water’s Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section will conduct a public hearing Wednesday, June 8 to solicit input on the proposed Statewide Activity Approval (SAA) for shellfish aquaculture

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship invites public to vote online through June 8 for best painted rain barrel in youth and adult art contests

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 13:06
DOVER (June 1, 2016) – The public’s art appreciation is sought in voting for favorite entries now online in the 2016 youth and adult rain barrel painting contests sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section. Online voting is open and continues through Wednesday, June 8, for selecting this year’s winning rain barrel artworks.

Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 4 and 5

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:38
DOVER (May 31, 2016) – Been thinking about casting a line into a nearby pond or daydreaming of a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten around to purchasing your 2016 Delaware fishing license? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has an opportunity for you.

DNREC reminds Delawareans and visitors alike to take advantage of free admission on ‘Delaware State Parks Day’ Sunday, June 5

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:01
DOVER (June 1, 2016) – With Governor Jack Markell having proclaimed Sunday, June 5 as “Delaware State Parks Day,” DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation reminds Delawareans and visitors alike that admission is free that day to most parks

Baynard Stadium’s south bleachers closed as possible safety hazard; DNREC exploring temporary seating options

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 08:27
WILMINGTON (May 31, 2016) – The south bleachers at Wilmington’s Baynard Stadium have been condemned and closed effective immediately after the bleachers were found to be at the end of their useful lifespan

First four piping plover chicks of the season spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 16:41
LEWES (May 31, 2016) – The first piping plover nest of the season has hatched a full clutch of four chicks on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Thompson’s Bridge entrance to Brandywine Creek State Park to be closed evening of May 30 thru June 3 for construction

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 14:57
DOVER (May 27, 2016) – The Thompson’s Bridge entrance to Brandywine Creek State Park will be closed from Monday evening, May 30, through Friday, June 3, for a parking lot and trail paving project.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 16 thru 22

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 09:42
DOVER (May 27, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 16-22 made 1,091 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 37 citations.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 4

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 09:41
DOVER (May 20, 2016) – As part of their activities for National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4

DNREC announces Delaware State Parks’ annual camping numbers hit record high

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:25
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – As Memorial Day weekend nears with the unofficial start of summer boasting the best weather forecast in recent memory, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation is preparing for another banner year after serving a record number of campers and cabin guests in 2015.

First piping plover hatches anticipated next week

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:36
LEWES (May 26, 2016) – Four pairs of piping plovers are incubating nests on the Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, with the first hatches anticipated as soon as next week, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC, UD partner to create database of funding opportunities to support resilient communities

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:52
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – Climate change impacts are a growing concern for Delaware’s municipalities and communities, and local governments often wonder where they can find funding to help them adapt to or combat threats of severe weather events and enhance resiliency against climate change and sea level rise.

DNREC reopens Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier after major repairs

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:47
LEWES (May 25, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small were joined today by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Acting Assistant Director Paul Rauch, Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, other legislators and members of the community to mark the reopening of the newly-repaired 1,300-foot Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier.

Abandoned fawns What you should know and should not do if you find them

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 09:02
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer has begun in Delaware, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning wildlife watchers call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife offices about “abandoned” fawns, thinking that doing the right thing means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Gov Markell proclaims Sunday June 5 as Delaware State Parks Day with free admission to most state parks

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:51
LEWES (May 25, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell today proclaimed Sunday, June 5 as “Delaware State Parks Day” – and along with his proclamation offered the reminder that, through sponsorship from the Delaware Tourism Office’s “Visit Delaware”, admission is free that day to most parks comprising the Delaware State Parks system which garnered the Gold Medal Award this year as the nation’s best-managed parks system.

Don't drink and boat on Delaware waterways

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:52
DOVER (May 25, 2016) – For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix –

Fueling the Future clean transportation event draws a packed house to learn about alternative fuel vehicles

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:27
DOVER (May 24, 2016) – Today, the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition, in conjunction with DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate, hosted a capacity attendance of more than 170 transportation professionals from across Delaware and neighboring states at Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.