Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier temporarily closed starting Jan. 25 for decking replacement

LEWES – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Planning, Preservation and Development Section today announced the temporary closure of the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier for replacement of aging decking boards starting on Monday, Jan. 25.

Last year, the Division completed repairs to 125 pilings that had deteriorated and needed refitting and reinforcement. This upcoming project is the second phase of the most extensive repairs ever made to the popular pier, and will include decking and superstructure repairs costing $535,370.

The all-wooden pier was built during World War II by the U.S. Army as a mining wharf. Several rehabilitative efforts have been undertaken since 2007 to the pilings beneath the section of the pier that remains open for public use. The T-head portion of the pier was demolished in 2012 after its deteriorated condition was thought to pose a threat to safety and navigation. The Division of Parks & Recreation has been closely monitoring the condition of the pier since that time and has noticed an accelerated rate of deterioration in the structure.

The project to repair the pier is being funded through a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Sport Fishing Restoration grant along with park user fees and annual pass funds, and support from state legislators – Reps. Peter Schwartzkopf, Timothy Dukes and Stephen Smyk, and State Sen. Ernesto Lopez, Division Director Ray Bivens said.

The fishing pier decking repair is expected to take up to120 days to complete depending on weather conditions. For questions about the status of the project, please contact Cindy Todd with Delaware State Parks, at 302-739-9209.

Media Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 21


Milford man faces charges including weapons violations in connection with illegal deer drive near Bridgeville

Gerald L. Bradley
Gerald L. Bradley

SEAFORD – Following an investigation, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a Milford man Jan. 20 for weapons and hunting violations related to an illegal deer drive on Marshy Hope Wildlife Area west of Bridgeville.

Gerald L. Bradley, 53, was charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited and one count each of unlicensed hunting and participating in an unlawful deer drive on state lands. A shotgun and 12 rounds of ammunition were seized as evidence.

Following video arraignment in Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, Bradley was released on $2,500 unsecured bond on the weapons and hunting-related charges, pending a preliminary hearing, but was then remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $100 secured bond for an unrelated warrant out of Superior Court.

Six other individuals involved in the illegal deer drive also were cited for one count each of participating in an unlawful deer drive on state lands and fined $107 each, including court costs.

The DNREC 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 and 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 www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.

Media Contacts: Sgt. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 19


Georgetown man jailed on numerous charges including possession of multiple weapons by a person prohibited

Franklin D. Conaway III
Franklin D. Conaway III

GEORGETOWN – Following a criminal investigation, a Georgetown man was arrested Jan. 19 by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police for multiple weapons, drug and hunting violations, including possession of weapons by a person prohibited.

Franklin D. Conaway III, 37, was charged with five felony counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited; one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, unlicensed hunting and failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season; and two counts each of possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, failure to tag antlered deer and failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours.

Officers seized as evidence two shotguns, a handgun, a bow with arrows, an assortment of ammunition, drugs, drug paraphernalia and deer parts. In addition, the investigation by Natural Resources Police found that Conaway had an active warrant for his arrest with the Delaware State Police on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane position and leaving the scene of an accident.

Conaway was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown for a bond hearing, and was remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $56,250 secured bond, pending a preliminary hearing in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

The DNREC 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 and 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 www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.

Media Contacts: Sgt. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 18


DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife launches new ‘Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler’ website

DOVER – Delaware residents as well as anglers visiting the First State can now use the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s new responsive website, Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler, to access information from most personal devices on more than 180 species of fish and shellfish that reside in, frequent or occasionally visit Delaware’s fresh, estuarine, coastal or offshore waters.

“Almost any fish a recreational angler might catch in Delaware is included, from the shallow waters of a small backyard pond to the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, from bluegills to blue marlin,” said Fisheries Biologist Bruce Cole, who spearheaded the new website. “Designing Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler as a responsive website resulted in webpages that not only look good, but are also easy to use on all devices, from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones.”

The new site features fish or fishing information on:

  • High quality illustrations and descriptions to help identify species
  • Seasons, size limits and daily limits
  • Ranges and abundance in Delaware waters
  • Habitat and food preferences
  • Common fishing lures and baits
  • Did You Know? fun facts
  • Typical sizes caught of the many species depicted
  • Minimum requirements for citations in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament
  • Delaware State Records for species included in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament

“While still on the water, and with the aid of a smart phone, anglers can use the new responsive website to instantly help identify what kind of fish they caught and find out if it is in season, how big it needs to be, how many they can keep and much more. Even non-anglers can enjoy the information, from the high quality art work to the “Did You Know” fun fact sections,” said DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Director and avid angler David Saveikis.

For more information about fishing in Delaware, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/fisheries.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 16


DNREC reminds residents that ocean dunes in state parks are closed to sledding, snowboarding

DOVER – With possible heavy snow in the weekend forecast, the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation is asking the public to help protect the dunes in Delaware’s ocean parks by reminding residents and visitors that sledding in the dunes at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks is prohibited.

“The dunes are the state’s first line of defense during coastal storms, providing protection for the beaches and the communities that border them,” said Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police Chief Wayne Kline. “We want the public to know any activities that degrades or damages them – as sledding can – is against the law.”

Dunes also help to protect Delaware’s fragile coastal ecosystem. Sledding down the dunes can not only destroy the dune, but also hurts vegetation on the dunes that helps trap sand and ultimately stabilizes the dunes.

Media Contact: Chief Wayne Kline, Delaware Natural Resources Police State Parks Enforcement, 302-739-9220

Vol. 46, No. 15