DNREC’s Natural Resource Police Park Rangers enforce surf-fishing regulations at Cape Henlopen State Park

CAPE HENLOPEN – In response to complaints that surf-fishers were not complying with state regulations, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resource Police Rangers performed a three-hour enforcement operation at Cape Henlopen State Park from Navy Beach to Gordon’s Pond on Sunday, July 28th.

Delaware State Park Rangers on Patrol

Five full time officers and eight seasonal officers, with assistance from DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, checked 303 vehicles on the designated surf-fishing beach to ensure that at least one vehicle occupant was actively fishing.

In addition, officers required individuals to show proof of a valid fishing license and the mandatory vehicle equipment. Seven summonses were issued and nearly 50 verbal warnings were given. The majority of violations were for individuals not actively engaged in fishing and for invalid permits.  

Delaware State Park Rangers on Patrol
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“I appreciate the ongoing efforts from DNREC Park Rangers who work collaboratively to ensure surf-fishers are following the rules and using our State’s natural resources appropriately,” said Ray Bivens, Director of DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation. “We welcome responsible anglers to join us at our beaches and are thankful for the compliance and cooperation during our recent enforcement operations.”

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Delaware State Park Rangers in force on the beach at Herring Point Sunday July 28th.

Park Rangers remind surf-fishing permit holders that all individuals who drive on designated surf fishing beaches must possess …
A valid surf fishing vehicle permit
must be actively engaged in surf fishing
Must possess required surf fishing vehicle equipment, including a …
low-pressure tire gauge
tow strap
and also must possess proper saltwater fishing tackle.

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Rangers and park volunteers checking vehicles at Naval Crossing in June

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