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

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:48
LEWES (May 18, 2015) – The first piping plover nest of the season at Gordons Pond Beach in Cape Henlopen State Park has been discovered, with the parents-to-be defending their territory, DNREC Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey announced today. Plover monitors found the nest late last week.

DNREC kicks off National Safe Boating Week May 16 to 22 in Lewes

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 09:00
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – With the 2015 summer season making its debut this weekend and plenty of good weather ahead, many boaters will be heading out on the water. As they do, the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages them to remember to practice safe boating, not just over Memorial Day weekend – but throughout the year.

Delaware middle school, junior high students “sun their engines” in 2015 Junior Solar Sprint

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:53
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – More than 100 middle and junior high school students from 10 schools participated in Delaware’s 20th Annual Junior Solar Sprint Competition on Wednesday at Dover International Speedway in Dover.

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

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:24
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2015 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 4-10

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:16
DOVER (May 15, 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

Division of Fish & Wildlife treating several downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:38
DOVER (May 14, 2015) – As inland water temperatures rise and aquatic plants emerge, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has started treating several downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds.

DNREC's next scrap tire recycling drop-off set for Saturday, May 16 at Delaware State Fairgrounds

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:12
DOVER (May 7, 2015) – DNREC is rolling out another opportunity for Delaware residents to recycle their old tires at a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day. The next event is scheduled from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, May 16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. DuPont Highway Harrington, DE 19952.

Sussex man charged with felony reckless endangering and disorderly conduct in boating incident

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 15:41
DOVER (May 13, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Sussex County man May 11 on endangerment and other charges related to an incident in the Indian River Inlet where a vessel operator allegedly threw a filet knife that narrowly missed anglers and bystanders onshore. No injuries were reported.

Division of Fish & Wildlife's recreational striped bass regulation change to take effect on May 11

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:45
DOVER (May 7, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers that the new recreational striped bass regulation will take effect May 11.

New parking restrictions in place for vehicles at Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:49
DOVER (May 12, 2015) – Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens announced today that recreational surf-fishing management changes that include parking restrictions are in effect immediately for all state surf-fishing beaches.

Family program on Delaware’s horseshoe crab spawning survey set for May 16 at Bowers Beach

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:49
DOVER (May 11, 2015) – Families are invited to a free program on the bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Bowers Beach.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter April 27 to May 3

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:57
DOVER (May 8, 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 April 27-May 3 made 1,445 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 137 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 35 citations.

DNREC now accepting applications for new wastewater and drinking water asset management incentive program

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 14:43
DOVER (April 27, 2015) – DNREC’s Financial Assistance Branch is now accepting asset management proposals from county and municipal governments for the new Wastewater and Drinking Water Asset Management Incentive Program.

DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Peace Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival May 16

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:08
SLAUGHTER BEACH (May 8, 2015) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its sixth-annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs Festival.

Division of Recreational striped bass regulation change to take effect on May 11

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:37
DOVER (May 7, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers that the new recreational striped bass regulation will take effect May 11. The revised regulation brings Delaware into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Fisheries Management Plan, which now requires a 25-percent reduction in both the recreational and commercial striped bass harvests in 2015.

Delaware shifts recreational black sea bass season four days earlier to May 15

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:12
DOVER (May 6, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David Small has signed an Emergency Order changing the opening day of recreational black sea bass season to May 15 rather than the previously established May 19 date, thereby keeping Delaware’s tidal finfish regulations consistent with revised federal recreational black sea bass season regulations published March 25.

Pedestrian bridge, parking lot for providing access to Alapocas Run State Park will close today at sunset for up to two weeks

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 16:45
WILMINGTON (May 4, 2015) – A pedestrian bridge over the Brandywine Creek that provides access to Alapocas Run State Park from the Rockford Road area, and the adjacent parking lot at the Bancroft Mills complex, will close at sunset today while a building at the complex that burned in a fire over the weekend is demolished.

First piping plover nest of the season found at the Point

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:48
LEWES (May 1, 2015) – Beachnesting bird monitors on April 25 spotted the first piping plover nest of the season on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes – one of the earliest piping plover nests on record in Delaware, with egg-laying typically starting in early May.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter April 20 to 26

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:44
DOVER (May 1, 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 April 20-26 made 729 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 115 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 30 complaints and issued 17 citations.

Charter School of Wilmington Team A wins state championship in 2015 Delaware Envirothon

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:39
DOVER (May 1, 2015) – Charter School of Wilmington is the winner of the 2015 Delaware Envirothon competition held yesterday at Cannery Village in Milton, marking the school 16th win in the event’s 20-year history, including an unbroken winning streak since 2002. Charter’s Team A took first place while Team C was second and Middletown High School placed third in the Envirothon competition.