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Updated: 2 hours 25 min ago

Churchmans Road boat ramp on Christina River reopened by DNREC after temporary closure for access evaluation

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:27
NEWARK (May 22, 2015) – The Churchmans Road boat ramp located on the Christina River – closed over the last year while it was evaluated for public access – has reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend and for continuous recreational use, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise Don’t drink and boat on Delaware waterways

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:49
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix –

Three Delaware commercial fishermen cited for violations

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited three commercial fishermen in Kent County for violations last week.

‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:54
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – 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 & Wildlife’s “Take a Kid Fishing!” program provides five upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, May 27 in Dover

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:09
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at the DelDOT Administration Building, Farmington/Felton Conference Room, 800 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

DNREC recommends leaving young wild animals where they are

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:02
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – With spring mowing and haying season underway and with DNREC having received recent calls from people who have found what they believe are “abandoned” newborn rabbits, the Division of Fish & Wildlife would like to remind well-meaning wildlife watchers not to “rescue” recently-born wild animals.

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces dates for Sussex County Young Waterfowlers hunter education program

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:45
SUSSEX COUNTY (May 20, 2015) – Young hunters eager to take up the sport of waterfowling in the fall, take note: the upcoming Sussex County Young Waterfowlers Program is now open for registration, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNRECs Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes more than 18000 pounds of venison to Delawareans in need

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:39
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – During the 2014/15 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 604 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The donations were processed into 18,016 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000 meals for needy Delawareans. Division of Fish & Wildlife staff distributed the frozen ground venison to 36 charitable organizations and food pantries statewide.

Public invited to vote online for best painted rain barrel in youth and adult art contests now through June 5

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:39
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – The public’s art appreciation is sought in voting for favorite entries now online at in the 2015 youth and adult rain barrel painting contests sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section. Online voting is open through Friday, June 5.

American Wetlands Month’s 25th anniversary marked with efforts to restore wetlands and raise awareness

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:32
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – DNREC is marking the 25th anniversary of American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness of their values and benefits, and encourage actions to protect them.

DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Harrington collects almost 49 tons of tires

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:09
DOVER (May 19, 2015) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, sponsored its 15th scrap tire drop-off day May 16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington – netting 48.9 tons of old and disused tires for recycling.

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.