DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter June 14-19

Reminder for the week: Boating safety is an imperative

Dover (June 22, 2012) – 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 Enforcement agents responded to 45 complaints and issued 13 citations between June 14 and 19.

Citations issued by violation type and with location included the following charges:

Recreational fisheries conservation: Fishing without a license (Sussex County, 2 cases); undersized flounder (Kent and Sussex counties, 1 case each); illegal method of take – netting (Kent); undersized crabs (Sussex).

Boating safety: Failure to possess boating safety certificates (Sussex, 3 cases); invalid boat registration (Sussex); no child personal flotation device on a vessel (Sussex – youngsters under age 12 are required to wear life jackets); failure to have mandatory equipment on board a vessel (Sussex – the requisite equipment includes life-jackets; type-4 PFDs “throwable” devices including seat cushion and ring buoy; a sound-producing emergency device; fire extinguisher and flares.)

Other: Loaded firearm in a vehicle (Sussex, 3 cases); damaging Division of Fish & Wildlife property (New Castle County).

Are you AWARE?

  • That the greatest cause of boating accidents is operators failing to maintain a proper lookout?
  • That, in congested and contested fishing areas like the Indian River Inlet and Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes, vessels must not impede other boats coming into or departing the inlet areas?
  • That vessels cannot anchor in a channel except in an emergency?
  • That all boating accidents must be reported to Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement (302-739-4580) if more than $500 in damage occurs, or if the accident involves an injury that go beyond basic first aid?

Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.

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