Dewey Beach Is Closed

The Town of Dewey Beach has closed beach access due to tar balls.

The recent oil spill is leaving traces up and down the Delaware beaches. DNREC just announced they stepped up cleaning efforts. Lewes closed their beach yesterday. The drive on access at Beach Plum is Closed. Now Dewey beach has closed their beach. Rehoboth beach is still open.

The tar balls found yesterday on Delaware Seashore State Park beaches were small and minimal. Anglers were seeing residue on their lines and tackle at Cape Henlopen State Park this morning. Some offshore anglers say they are seeing oil twenty miles off the coast. Up river crabbers have gear covered in tar balls and globs. Sticking to their floats and pots. This is a pretty wide spread mess for only 215 gallons to be the total source. No one has reported a source or cause of the oil spill yet either.
Kudos to all the crews cleaning up our coastline.

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Small oil tar glob on conquest beach seen on Thursday .. photo Ray Romano

Surf fishing is fine, but to be sure, I would fish below the Indian River Inlet. The rough surf today will break the tar globs up and dissipate it even more. Like sea glass getting worn down from the wave and sand action, the oil tar globs will break up very soon. Despite that, clean up crews have pulled nearly twenty one tons of oil laden debris and sand off the beaches.

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