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 Feb. 25-March 3 made 360 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 29 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 13 complaints and issued 18 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Fish and Wildlife agents and Fisheries Section staff reported that the first weekend of downstate trout season started with partly frozen ponds and cold water temperatures, creating challenging fishing conditions. Numerous anglers fished both Tidbury Pond in Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood, with some anglers catching their limit of six trout. Anglers were in compliance with fishing and licensing requirements.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting without a license (1), failure to attach tag to antlered deer (2), removing antlered deer parts prior to checking (1), failure to check antlered deer within the required 24-hour period (2), and entering a state wildlife area after hours (6), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of a firearm by a person prohibited (4), illegally engaging in a firearms transaction for another person (1), and giving a firearm to a person prohibited (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational anglers who plan to fish, crab or clam in tidal or non-tidal waters statewide to purchase their 2014 Delaware fishing license. A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Anglers under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout stamps if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20.
Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.
Most trout anglers must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp, with the exception of anglers younger than age 12 and resident anglers age 65 and older. For residents age 16 through 64, a trout stamp costs $4.20. For residents age 12 through 15, a youth trout stamp costs $2.10. For non-residents, a trout stamp is required for all anglers age 12 and older and costs $6.20.
To purchase a fishing license or stamp online, click Delaware Fishing License. For additional information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914, or the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s recreational licensing program at 302-739-9918, or click on 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s licensing desk at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.