Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Aug. 20-26

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Reminder for the week: Have a safe Labor Day weekend on Delaware waterways


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DOVER (Aug. 31, 2018) – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations 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 Aug. 20-26 made 3,034 contacts with anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 41 citations. Officers responded to 83 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

  • On Aug. 25, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers discussed the role of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers, answered hunting, fishing, and boating questions, and displayed the Operation Game Theft trailer during a National Wildlife Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited Family Picnic near Odessa.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions

Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (6), possession of undersized blue crabs (9), possession of undersized tautog (1), possession of undersized black seabass (1), possession of undersized flounder (1), possession of flounder parts (1), possession of undersize white perch (1), and no F.I.N. (1).

Boating and Boating Safety: No throwable life preserver aboard as required for vessels 16 feet or longer (2), careless operation of a motor vessel (1), no flares on board (1), operating an unregistered vessel (2), no life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (1), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (2), allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (1), and no boater safety certificate (1).

Public Safety: Public intoxication (1)*, failure to use turn signal (1)*, and possession of drug paraphernalia (1).

Other: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (3)*, and littering on a state wildlife area (2).

*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


Are you AWARE?

For the Labor Day weekend, Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix and that boat operators found to have blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher will face charges for operating a vessel under the influence for putting themselves, their passengers, and other boaters at risk.

Other tips for recreational boaters to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend include:

  • Exercise patience and courtesy at crowded boat ramps and docks.
  • Observe all Slow No Wake areas.
  • Maintain a lookout for other vessels and keep a safe distance away.
  • Avoid traveling at unsafe speeds, including in congested areas.
  • Make sure children 12 and younger are wearing life jackets while underway as required by law.
  • Check navigation lights and make sure to turn them on when operating at night.

For more information on safe boating practices in Delaware, please visitDelaware Boating Safety.

To report boating violations or accidents please call the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 24hour dispatch line at: 302-739-4580 or 1-800-523-3336.

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