Reminder for the week: Recreational crabbers should review rules before crabbing
DOVER – 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, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 5-11 made 2,032 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 200 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks, issuing 44 citations. Officers responded to 46 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail.
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police in the Community
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions
Incidents of note:
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:
Wildlife Conservation: Striking an occupied dwelling with shot discharged from a firearm (1), possession of illegally taken antlered deer (1), and possession of illegally taken antlerless deer (2).
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (9), tend crab pot of another (1), possession of undersized striped bass (1), possession of undersized blue crabs (7), crab pot limit (1), use of crab pots without required turtle excluder (2), and improperly marked crab pots (1).
Boating and Boating Safety: Negligent operation (1), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (4), operating a PWC without a life jacket (1), child life jacket violation (1), and equipment violation-no fire extinguisher (1).
Public Safety: Disorderly conduct (2), and possession of a firearm/weapon by a person prohibited (3).
Other: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (1), dumping/littering on private property (1), possession of marijuana-civil (2)*, and failure to transfer title and registration (1)*.
*Includes citation(s) issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
DNREC’s Division of Fish & 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, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind recreational crabbers to review state regulations governing blue crabs, including the required use of a turtle by-catch reduction device in recreational crab pots.
A turtle by-catch reduction device is attached in the funnel entrance of a recreational crab pot to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pots and drowning. The device is a rigid metal or plastic rectangular frame that measures 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches. By-catch devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire. Directions to install a by-catch reduction device are available online at Turtle Excluder.
Other Delaware crabbing regulations include:
Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on crabbing in Delaware, click on 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.
Media contact: Lt. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386.
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