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DNREC Mosquito Control Section encourages public to sign up for new spray zone notification system

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:14
DOVER (July 10, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is continuing an awareness campaign for its new online tool that notifies the public of the section’s insect-fighting applications. The buzz is,

DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste drop-off site shortens schedule; will be closed Monday through Thursday starting August 3

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 17:08
DOVER (July 9, 2015) – To reduce operating costs and to discourage non-residential use of DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Drop-off Demonstration Site in northern New Castle County, the site will run on an abbreviated schedule effective August 3

Beachgoers cautioned by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police on contact with Portuguese man o’ war

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 16:28
DOVER (July 6, 2015) – A number of sightings near ocean beaches over the holiday weekend and subsequent washing ashore of several Portuguese man o’ war has prompted DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police to issue a caution for avoiding the stinging jellyfish relatives that are rare tropical visitors to the Delaware coast.DOVER (July 6, 2015) – A number of sightings near ocean beaches over the holiday weekend and subsequent washing ashore of several Portuguese man o’ war has prompted D

Delawares horseshoe crab commercial fishery to close for 2015 on July 9

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 16:27
DOVER (July 6, 2015) – Delaware’s commercial horseshoe crab harvest is approaching this year’s quota of 154,527 horseshoe crabs, prompting DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to announce that, in accordance with Delaware law and regulations, the horseshoe crab fishery will close at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, July 9.

Public input sought for DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2015 Wildlife Action Plan draft revision

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:20
DOVER (July 6, 2015) – Over the last year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners have worked with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 22 to 28

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:34
DOVER (July 2, 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 June 22-28 made 1,937 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 289 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 55 citations.

Georgetown man fined for harvesting deer out of season

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 16:36
GEORGETOWN (July 2, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Georgetown man earlier this week, following an investigation into a report of two white-tailed deer being shot out of season.

Cape Henlopen beach from Gordons Pond to Herring Point reopens after piping plover nesting season

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 15:09
DOVER (July 2, 2015) – DNREC’s Divisions of Parks & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife announced today that a stretch of ocean beach between Gordons Pond and Herring Point on Cape Henlopen has been reopened following the piping plover nesting season.

DNRECs Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police encourages safe boating practices over holiday weekend

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:26
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – With many boaters heading out on the water for the long 4th of July holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advises “steady as she goes” for practicing safe boating on Delaware waterways. “We need everyone on our waterways to be alert, use common sense and avoid actions that will put themselves, their passengers and other boaters at risk,” said Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates.

DNREC seeks volunteers to report Delaware sightings of wild turkeys for 2015 survey

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:25
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts to assist with its 6th annual wild turkey reproduction survey, helping to identify locations where the big birds are successfully reproducing in Delaware. The data helps 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.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces arrival of 2015 16 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:08
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is excited to announce publication of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. This year’s cover features the winning photograph in the 2014/15 Hunting Photography Contest, “Sunrise Over Assawoman Bay,” by Scott Lee of Laurel.

DNREC awarded federal grant supporting research, monitoring and response to White-nose Syndrome in bats

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:33
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – Delaware’s efforts to address White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that causes mortality in bats, will be helped thanks to a federal grant totaling $18,454 awarded to DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. The grant, provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Endangered Species Recovery and Science Applications programs, will be used to support research, monitor bat populations and respond to WNS in the state.

Calling all artists and artisans for Arts in the Estuary

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – Nature inspired artists and artisans are invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at some of the state’s most treasured natural and historic areas, the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover. Reservations to exhibit are now being accepted by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) for the event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Rosedale Beach Boat Ramp upgrades completed ahead of schedule

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:37
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that upgrades at the Rosedale Beach Boat Ramp near Millsboro are now complete, in time for the busy 4th of July holiday weekend. The work, which started June 24, was completed June 26, five days ahead of schedule, with full access restored to the boat ramp.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police join in rescue of swimmer off Dewey Beach

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:28
DEWEY BEACH (June 30, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers worked with the Delaware State Police Trooper 2 helicopter unit and Dewey Beach lifeguards today to locate and rescue a swimmer reported too far out in the ocean from an unguarded section of beach between Rehoboth and Dewey.

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces Delawares 2015 wild turkey season produced second highest harvest on record

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:40
DOVER (June 30, 2015) – Delaware’s month-long spring wild turkey season which ended May 9 yielded 633 birds – the second-highest harvest since turkey hunting resumed here, and surpassed only by last year’s state record of 687 birds, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Delaware allows only the taking of gobblers – male turkeys – during the state’s spring season, which also is the only time of year turkeys may be hunted here.

Gordons Pond Trail on Cape Henlopen closed temporarily Tuesday, June 30 for mosquito control spraying

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:46
LEWES (June 29, 2015) – DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section plans to spray insecticide for mosquito larvae Tuesday morning within Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park, weather permitting,

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 15 to 21

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:27
DOVER (June 26, 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 June 15-21 made 2,327 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 254 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 44 citations.

State record 19-7 pound blueline tilefish caught in Baltimore Canyon by Lewes angler

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:06
LEWES (June 26, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 19.7-pound blueline tilefish caught on June 19 in the Atlantic Ocean’s Baltimore Canyon, some 65 miles offshore.

Delaware to participate in Operation Dry Water June 26 through 28 to prevent alcohol related boating accidents and save lives

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:47
DOVER (June 24, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police today announced Delaware’s active participation in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide enforcement and education event aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities. Over the June 26-28 weekend before the Fourth of July holiday, Fish & Wildlife officers will increase their presence on Delaware’s waterways.