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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 1 hour 32 min ago

Division of Fish and Wildlife to host Take a Kid Fishing programs on June 21 and July 19

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:27
DOVER (May 30, 2014) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! Program has two more upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

Fort Delaware State Park’s Victorian Kids Fest Weekend

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:12
DELAWARE CITY (May 30, 2014) – Fort Delaware has dozens of activities scheduled for the weekend of June 7, including a special Victorian Kids Fest, a vintage baseball game and more.

Public asked to report sick or dead wild birds to DNREC Mosquito Control Section for 2014 West Nile virus monitoring

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 14:43
DOVER (May 28, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is 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 that rates of considerable concern to the health of humans and unvaccinated horses.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter May 20 to 26

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:40
DOVER (May 30, 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 May 20-26 made 2,391 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 484 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 85 complaints and issued 84 citations.

Three downstate ponds to be treated for aquatic nuisance weeds

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:51
DOVER (May 29, 2014) – During the next three weeks, weather permitting, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will be treating three downstate ponds for aquatic nuisance weeds that, left unchecked, can choke the waters, crowd out beneficial plant species, and prevent fishing and boating access. The three public-access ponds to be treated are: Millsboro Pond; Wagamons Pond near Milton; and Concord Pond near Seaford.

Crabber cited for multiple commercial crabbing violations

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:49
NEAR FENWICK ISLAND (May 28, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited Ronald T. Cagle Sr., 70, of Selbyville, for two counts each of commercial crabbing for blue crabs without a Delaware commercial crabbing license and possession of undersized blue crabs, and for three counts each of over the limit crab pots and improperly marked crab pots, out of Roy’s Ditch near Fenwick Island.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for 2015 Fishing Guide photo contest

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 15:56
DOVER (May 27, 2014) – 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.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter May 13 to 19

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 15:14
DOVER (May 23, 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 May 13-19 made 1,243 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 111 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 25 citations.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers of invasive finfish regulations and harvest opportunities

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 15:03
DOVER (May 23, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers and sporting enthusiasts that several species of finfish in Delaware are now designated as invasive, with use of bowfishing equipment authorized for taking them in the state’s tidal and non-tidal waters under regulations adopted last year. These regulations expand fishing opportunities for anglers while also enabling them to help DNREC control invasive fish species, including snakeheads.

Delaware State Parks campgrounds sold out for Memorial Day weekend

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:15
DOVER (May 23, 2014) – All campgrounds in Delaware State Parks are completely sold out for Memorial Day weekend. The full accommodations include cabins and campsites at Killens Pond, Trap Pond, Lums Pond and Cape Henlopen State Parks.

Governor and DNREC Secretary tour Brandywine Zoo to see what's new at the zoo

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:54
WILMINGTON (May 22, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara visited the Brandywine Zoo today to get an update on the many new and exciting events going on at the First State’s only zoo. Joining them on the informal tour was Zoo Director Gene Peacock, other zoo officials and staff, and officials from the Delaware Zoological Society, the non-profit membership organization that supports the zoo’s mission. The group spent more than an hour on the tour.

Citizens Source Water Protection Committee to meet June 12 in Dover

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 14:59
DOVER (May 21, 2014) – The Source Water Protection Citizens and Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 12 in Conference Room 220 A&B of the Kent County Administrative Offices on Bay Road in Dover.

Kent, Sussex Conservation Districts to accept applications for cover crop cost share assistance

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 14:54
DOVER (May 21, 2014) – The Kent and Sussex Conservation Districts will be accepting applications for cost-sharing assistance on cover crops and other conservation practices beginning Monday, June 2, through Friday, August 8. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish May meeting rescheduled for June 24

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:37
DOVER (May 20, 2014) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish meeting scheduled for May 27 has been cancelled. The Council’s next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 in DNREC’s auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Abandoned fawns What you should know and should not do

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:35
DOVER (May 20, 2014) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer in Delaware has begun, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning individuals call DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife about “abandoned” fawns, thinking “doing the right thing” means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment team to study Smyrna River Watershed in summer 2014

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:32
DOVER (May 20, 2014) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment team will resume their assessment of Delaware’s wetlands this summer in the Smyrna River Watershed. This ongoing study is designed to confirm wetland mapping and determine the health of local wetlands. The information gathered will help determine how to maintain and improve wetlands, which rank among Delaware’s greatest natural resources.

Senator Carper, Secretary OMara kick off National Safe Boating Week May 17 to 23 in Lewes

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 16:57
DOVER (May 19, 2014) – With the 2014 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 Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages them to remember to practice safe boating, not just over Memorial Day weekend – but throughout the year.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: May 6-12

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:53
Agents responded to 31 complaints and issued 29 citations, five of which were related to increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail currently under construction.

Heronry and Wetlands Programs set for May 24

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 16:00
DELAWARE CITY (May 14, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park and Port Penn Interpretive Center are hosting two, free special events on Saturday, May 24. Both focus on the marshland of Pea Patch Island, which the heronry shares with Fort Delaware.

Delaware State Parks to offer Kids to Parks Day

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 15:32
DOVER (May 14, 2014) – Delaware State Parks, along with children, families, teachers, cities and towns are gearing up for this year's Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide day of outdoor play to be held this Saturday, May 17. The idea behind Kids to Parks Day and helping children discover the outdoors coincides with Delaware State Parks Delaware Outdoor Family programs in conjunction with the Children In Nature initiative.