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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 41 min ago

DNREC now accepting grant proposals through Aug. 28 for community water quality improvement projects

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:58
DOVER (July 15, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for Community Water Quality Improvement Program grants.

State record 56.9-pound mahi-mahi caught from Delaware boat out of Indian River Marina

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:58
INDIAN RIVER MARINA (July 11, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 56.9-pound dolphinfish (a popular foodfish also known as mahi-mahi) caught on July 6

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter July 1 to 7

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:39
DOVER (July 11, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between July 1-7 made 3,292 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 598 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 89 complaints and issued 96 citations.

Delaware 2014 spring turkey season sets a new harvest record

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:06
DOVER (July 9, 2014) – Delaware’s 2014 spring turkey season, which ended May 10, has set a new state harvest record of 687 birds, surpassing the previous record of 615 birds taken in 2012, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Piping plovers weather wild weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:24
LEWES (July 9, 2014) – Despite an emergency landing by a small plane inside a closed nesting area, a hurricane passing offshore and hordes of holiday beachgoers, all of Delaware’s known piping plover parents and their chicks survived the long weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park, beachnesting bird monitors were pleased to report today.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great summer shots of Delaware anglers for photo contest

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:55
DOVER (July 8, 2014) – With the summer fishing season in full swing, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

DNREC seeks volunteers to report sightings of wild turkeys for 2014 survey

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:24
DOVER (July 7, 2014) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for Delawareans to assist with its 5th annual wild turkey survey, helping with their locations and determining how many of the big birds exist in Delaware. The data also will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state’s wild turkey population with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured and robust game species.

Cape Henlopen State Parks's 50th anniversary celebration continues with more special events

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:00
LEWES (July 7, 2014) – As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Cape Henlopen State Park will host several guest speakers at the Seaside Nature Center to discuss some of the important historical events that have happened within the park.

Fort Delaware POW Weekend to include African-American Civil War history

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:34
DELAWARE CITY (July 7, 2014) – This weekend, visiting living history groups and the fort’s interpretive staff will partner at Fort Delaware for its popular P.O.W. Weekend. On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, the weekend will feature living history presentations and special activities for all ages, with a focus on the role of African-Americans in Civil War history.

Delaware issues updated fish consumption advisories

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:46
DOVER (July 3, 2014) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health today updated fish consumption advisories for fish caught in three Delaware waterways: the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D Canal); the Red Lion Creek; and the St. Jones watershed.

DNREC announces recycling grant opportunity to help Delaware schools, businesses and institutions

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:28
DOVER (July 3, 2014) – To help Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions start or expand recycling programs, DNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with up to $500,000 in funding available for grant proposals.

DNREC Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages safe boating practices over holiday weekend

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:24
DOVER (July 3, 2014) – With many boaters heading out on the water for the long Fourth of July weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Enforcement Section, Office of Boating Safety and Education reminds and encourages them to practice safe boating on Delaware waterways.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter June 24 to 30

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:20
DOVER (July 3, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between June 24-30 made 2,265 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 429 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 71 complaints and issued 137 citations.

Small plane makes emergency landing on Cape Henlopen beach; pilot and passenger both safe, plane undamaged

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:48
CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK (July 3, 2014) – Delaware Natural Resources Police State Parks Enforcement and Delaware State Police are investigating an emergency landing on a Cape Henlopen beach made by a small plane last evening after it experienced engine trouble.

Commercial waterman fined for fishing violations

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:25
ON THE DELAWARE BAY (July 3, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents on June 25 cited commercial fisherman Frank S. Eicherly, IV, 55, of Bowers Beach, for numerous violations of commercial fishing regulations.

Delaware beaches again land distinction as No. 1 in nation

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:39
DOVER (July 2, 2014) – Putting it in World Series terms, Delaware has just made a “cleanest sweep,” for the fourth straight year capturing the crown for the country’s cleanest beach water quality.

David Small sworn in as new DNREC Secretary

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:42
DOVER (July 2, 2014) – David Small was sworn in this morning as the 10th Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,

Boats and volunteers sought for Inland Bays Cleanup on July 12

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:02
DOVER (July 2, 2014) – The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th Annual Cleanup of the Inland Bays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 12. DNREC once again is lending support through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section, along with the Division of Parks & Recreation.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces results from 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:11
DOVER (June 30, 2014) Blue skies and balmy temperatures greeted 168 young anglers and their families who gathered earlier this month at three Delaware ponds for the 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All of the fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: June 17-23

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:12
DOVER (June 27, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between June 17-23 made 1,697 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public