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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces results from 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:04
DOVER (June 16, 2016) – Sunny summer weather greeted 173 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 4 at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

Governor Markell proclaims June 20 American Eagle Day as Delaware celebrates symbol of freedom and wildlife restoration success story

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:21
DOVER (June 16, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell has proclaimed Monday, June 20, as “American Eagle Day” in Delaware, concurrent with a national day of celebrating the bald eagle as an emblem of American freedom and independence, and for its dramatic recovery starting in the late 20th century from the brink of extinction.

DNREC Environmental Finance, DPH Office of Drinking Water, Water Infrastructure Advisory Council announce additional subsidization assistance program for low-income subgroups

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 10:54
DOVER (June 15, 2016) – DNREC Environmental Finance, the Division of Public Health’s Office of Drinking Water and the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) announced today that additional financial assistance is available for low-income subgroups

REMINDER DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 08:56
DOVER (June 15, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured either on the cover or in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed starting June 13 to safeguard nesting piping plovers

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:42
LEWES (June 11, 2015) – The first piping plover nest of the season at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Gordons Pond has been discovered by DNREC beach-nesting bird monitors Kevin Bronson and Taylor Klecan,

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 30 thru June 5

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:47
DOVER (June 10, 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 30-June 5 made 2,677 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 321 citations.

Public asked to report sick or dead wild birds to DNRECs Mosquito Control Section for 2016 West Nile virus monitoring

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:46
DOVER (June 10, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is again asking for the public’s help in monitoring West Nile virus in Delaware by reporting the discovery of sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease of concern to human health and to owners of unvaccinated horses.

DNREC Natural Resources Police arrest two Maryland residents on drug, weapons charges at Bowers Beach

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:54
BOWERS BEACH (June 7, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested two Maryland residents June 2 on multiple criminal charges including drug and weapon possession

Commercial waterman faces charges for fishing violations including possession of numerous undersized conch

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:53
LEWES (June 9, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a commercial waterman June 3 for nearly 300 fishing violations, most of them for illegal take of knobbed conch after boarding his vessel for a no-wake violation near the Lewes Public Boat Ramp on May 31.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for June 15 in Dover

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:47
DOVER (June 7, 2016) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 at the Delaware Technical and Community College, Corporate Training Center, Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Dover, Del. 19904.

DNREC, DHSS issue new fish consumption advisories reflecting significant improvements in New Castle County

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:02
DOVER (June 7, 2016) – Updated consumption advisories for fish caught in Delaware waterways show some of the most significant improvements in fish tissue contaminant concentrations since the state began assessing contaminants in fish in 1986, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health (DHSS/DPH) announced today.

Reclaim Our River-Nanticoke Series’ Eco Paddle and barbecue set for June 25 at Laurel Riverfront Park

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:18
LAUREL (June 6, 2016) – Laurel Riverfront Park will be the setting of the second-annual Eco Paddle as part of the Reclaim Our River (ROR) Nanticoke Series, a program offering monthly events, workshops, and recreational activities designed to raise water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed.

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