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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 12 min ago

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug 19 to 25

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:53
DOVER (Aug. 29, 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 Aug. 19-25 made 1,390 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 260 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 57 complaints and issued 93 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlife receives federal grant to monitor and provide education on white nose syndrome in bats

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:32
DOVER (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that Delaware received a nearly $23,000 grant as one of 30 states to receive federal grants totaling nearly $1.3 million for projects related to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats as it spreads across North America.

Volunteers encouraged to sign up now for 2014 Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:52
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – There’s still time to sign up for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site. To pre-register, go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/CoastalCleanup. Pre-registration will close on Monday, Sept. 9 at close of business.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Sept 11 public hearing on interstate striped bass management plan

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:50
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a draft addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Park Road to reopen near UD’s Lewes campus

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:46
LEWES (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that Park Road in Lewes will be opened Saturday morning,

Delaware's dove and resident Canada goose and teal seasons to open in September

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:51
DOVER (Aug. 27, 2014) – Delaware hunters will start honing their wing shooting skills Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1, with the opening of the mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons on private lands and state wildlife areas.

Eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen beachnesting bird monitors report

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28
LEWES (Aug. 27, 2014) – With beachnesting bird season winding down and migratory shorebirds passing through, beachnesting bird monitors reported that six pairs of piping plovers fledged eight chicks this season, four on the Point and four at Gordons Pond at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to open for Labor Day weekend

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:10
DOVER (Aug. 27, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin, which has been closed for maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel Monday through Thursday each week since Sept. 4, will be temporarily open for the long Labor Day weekend from 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, until 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Hunters and trappers encouraged to use online registration system

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:40
DOVER (Aug. 26, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s upgraded and improved Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system has hit a bull’s eye with its targeted users since it was introduced last year – and the Division has been pleased with how swiftly it operates, too.

DNREC-approved South Chapel Street Yard Waste Site fully operational

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:34
NEWARK (Aug. 25, 2014) – A DNREC-approved yard waste drop-off site located at 1034 South Chapel Street in Newark and operated by Holland Mulch is now fully operational.

Ocean View man charged with theft at Delaware Seashore State Park

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:42
REHOBOTH BEACH (Aug. 25, 2014) – Following an investigation into a criminal mischief case at Delaware Seashore State Park, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Parks Enforcement rangers on Aug. 22 arrested Bryce L. Coviello, 26, of Ocean View.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug. 12 to 18

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:33
DOVER (Aug. 22, 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 Aug. 12-18 made 1,299 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 339 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 52 complaints and issued 54 citations.

Workshops scheduled Aug. 25 and 26 for Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund projects

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:59
DOVER (Aug. 21, 2014) – DNREC’s Financial Assistance Branch and the Division of Health’s Office of Drinking Water will jointly host two State Revolving Loan Fund Workshops in preparation for the development of Clean Water (CWSRF) and Drinking Water (DWSRF) FY2014 Revised Project Priority Lists.

Print and online versions of new hunting maps for state wildlife areas available now for 2014 to 2015 seasons

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:04
DOVER (Aug. 20, 2014) – New state wildlife area maps with updated regulations for each area are now available for the 2014-2015 hunting seasons, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife 2014 to 2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide available online and in print

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:00
DOVER (Aug. 20, 2014) – The 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide is available online and in print, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. This year’s cover features the winning photograph in the Division’s 2013 Hunting Photography Contest, “Patiently Waiting” by Jason Gary of Hartly.

Delaware State Parks announces changes in lifeguard hours for Labor Day weekend 2014

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:28
DOVER (Aug. 18, 2014) – Changes in the hours and locations where swimming beaches in Delaware State Parks are guarded have been announced by DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug 5 to 11

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:31
DOVER (Aug. 15, 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 Aug. 5-11 made 2,173 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 256 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 70 complaints and issued 71 citations.

Maintenance dredging continues at Augustine Beach Boat Ramp

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:07
DOVER (Aug. 15, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin will continue to reopen periodically during the work through Thursday, Sept.18, while maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel continues, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

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

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:06
DOVER (Aug. 15, 2014) – With the summer season winding down but with plenty of fine fall fishing weather on the way, 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.

Delaware’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported for 2014

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:10
DOVER (Aug. 15, 2014) – An American crow submitted to the Delaware Division of Public Health Laboratory by DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section on Aug. 6 has tested positive for West Nile virus, as reported by the lab on Aug. 11. The bird was collected in the north Wilmington suburbs. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that affects humans and horses.