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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 2 hours 15 min ago

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.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Oct. 28 - Nov. 3

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:48
DOVER (Nov. 8, 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

Coyote hunting season remains open through Feb 28

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:41
DOVER (Nov. 12, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that Delaware’s coyote hunting season is in progress and remains open through Saturday, Feb. 28. Coyote trapping season runs Monday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, March 10.

Much-anticipated statewide shotgun deer hunting season opens Nov. 14

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:51
DOVER (Nov. 10, 2014) – For thousands of Delaware deer hunters, their favorite and unrivaled time of year afield is fast approaching: With prognostications pointing to a bountiful harvest, the state’s shotgun deer season – which runs from Friday, Nov. 14 thru Saturday, Nov. 22

Woodland Beach fishing pier parking lots to partially close for improvements Nov 11 to 12

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:51
DOVER (Nov. 7, 2014) – The parking lots at Woodland Beach near Smyrna will be partially and intermittently closed from Tuesday, Nov.11 through Wednesday, Nov.12 to allow contractors to complete parking lot improvements and upgrades, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC’s next scrap tire recycling drop-off day set for Saturday, Nov. 8 at Delaware State Fairgrounds

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:05
DOVER (Oct. 22, 2014) – DNREC is offering another recycling opportunity for Delaware residents to turn in their old tires, sponsoring a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 8 at Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952. The event will be held rain or shine.

Sussex property owners invited to sign up for free stormwater pond maintenance workshop on Nov 12

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:27
GEORGETOWN (Nov. 5, 2014) - Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited by the Sussex Conservation District to attend a free workshop on Wednesday evening, Nov. 12. The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 East State Street, Millsboro, DE 19966.

DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site to close Nov. 18-20 for entrance road upgrade

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:20
DOVER (Nov. 5, 2014) – The DNREC yard waste site located on Polly Drummond Hill Road in Newark (in the White Clay Creek State Park, across from the Judge Morris Estate) will be closed from Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Thursday, Nov. 20 for an upgrading of the site’s entrance road.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Oct 21 to 27

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:13
DOVER (Oct. 31, 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 Oct. 21-27 made 865 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 91 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 32 citatations.

DNREC urges motorists to watch out for deer crossing roadways especially at dusk

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:51
DOVER (Oct. 31, 2014) – Shorter fall days – especially after daylight savings time changes on Sunday, Nov. 2 – mean more 9-to-5 workers will be driving home at dusk, and DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds all Delaware motorists to remain alert for deer crossing roadways.

Blairs Pond parking lot improvements rescheduled for Nov 6

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:18
MILFORD (Oct. 30, 2014) – Due to an unavoidable construction delay, the closure of the boat ramp and parking lot at Blairs Pond near Milford for parking lot improvements has been postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

2014 Coastal Cleanup drew 1800 volunteers who collected 3 tons of trash and recyclables from more than 45 sites

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:38
DOVER (Oct. 30, 2014) – This year’s DNREC-sponsored 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup held on Sept. 20 drew 1,805 volunteers, who collected 3.2 tons of trash from 46 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to Fenwick Island. About one-third of that trash – aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles – was recycled this year.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife 2015 Wildlife Action Plan revision underway

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:25
DOVER (Oct. 30, 2014) – Over the next year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners will work with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan, a comprehensive plan to conserve wildlife and natural places. Investing in and implementing the plan will help conserve wildlife and protect their habitat for the benefit of current and future generations.

Public listening session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning set for November 5 in Lewes

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:25
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on regional ocean planning by participating in a listening session. Delaware’s representatives to the MidA RPB will host the session from 4– 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 5 at the University of Delaware’s Virden Retreat Center at 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Blairs Pond to close Oct 31 for parking lot improvements

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:20
DOVER (Oct. 29, 2014) – Access to the parking lot and boat ramp at Blairs Pond near Milford will be closed Friday, Oct. 31 to allow contractors to complete parking lot improvements and upgrades, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC extends comment period on Green Recovery Technologies Coastal Zone permit application

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:42
DOVER (Oct. 29, 2014) – In response to numerous requests from community associations, environmental advocates and members of the public at the Green Recovery Technologies’ Coastal Zone permit hearing held Oct. 22, DNREC has extended the public comment period on the company’s permit application for two weeks.