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Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:10
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently approved an addendum to the regional Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan that requires all states in the striped bass management unit to reduce their 2015 recreational and commercial coastal striped bass harvest by 25 percent. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced steps toward implementing the regulation change in Delaware, with a public hearing and accompanying public comment period

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for habitat restoration project near Bethel on Dec 7

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:12
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with ongoing vital habitat restoration work at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area in Sussex County, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Harrington collects almost 60 tons of tires

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:25
DOVER (Nov. 18, 2014) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, sponsored its 13th scrap tire drop-off day Nov. 8 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington and netted nearly 60 tons of old and disused tires for recycling

Waterfowl hunting seasons reopen Nov 24 through 29

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:19
DOVER (Nov. 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds waterfowlers that the next seasonal segment for hunting migratory ducks and Canada geese runs from Monday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

New DNREC Emergency Response Team video details work of department’s first responders

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:08
DOVER (Nov. 17, 2014) – A new video on DNREC’s YouTube Channel features the department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), DNREC’s first responders for releases of hazardous materials and for environmental emergencies.

Shotgun deer season opens clear and cold, and with success for many hunters

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:34
DOVER (Nov. 14, 2014) – After a night of rain and snow to the north, Friday’s opening day of Delaware’s shotgun deer season dawned cold and dry under clearing skies, drawing hopeful deer hunters from all over the state and from neighboring states as well.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Nov 4 to 10

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:27
DOVER (Nov. 14, 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 Nov. 4-10 made 563 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 57 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 238 citatations.

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.