Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: March 19-25

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Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: March 19-25

Reminder for the week: Harvest of river herring, use of nets near spillways,

retaining striped bass during spawning season unlawful in Delaware

DNREC Fish and Wildlife

DOVER (March 30, 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, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between March 19-25 made 2,938 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, issuing 17 citations. Officers responded to 33 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 Actions

Incidents of note:

On March 20, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Tyler Williams, 33, of Church Hill, Md., for one count of license forgery or misrepresentation near Georgetown. Williams was arraigned at Sussex County Justice of the Peace Court 3 where he plead not guilty and was released on his own recognizance pending a future court date.

On March 23, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited Shawn P. Moore, 42, of Georgetown, for five counts each of unlawful food fish equipment and unlawful possession of game fish near Lewes. Moore was fined $1,360, including court costs, and released.
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:

Wildlife Conservation: License forgery or misrepresentation (1).

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Fisheries Conservation: Commercial: Unlawful food fish equipment (5), and unlawful possession of game fish (5). Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (1).

Other: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (2), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, damaging state property on a wildlife area (1)*, and malicious mischief with a motor vehicle (1)*.

*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?

With spring fishing season gearing up, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police reminds recreational anglers that it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest river herring. Signs giving notice of the fishery closure are posted at fishing spots known to hold river herring. Fines for illegal possession of river herring begin at $50 for a first offense, and increase to $100-$500 for a second offense. For more information, click on river herring.

Anglers are also reminded that during spawning season for striped bass in Delaware, which begins April 1 and continues through midnight on May 31, it is unlawful for any person to take and retain any striped bass from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries, the Delaware River and its tributaries to the north of a line extending due east beginning at and including the south jetty at the mouth of the C&D Canal, or the C&D Canal or its tributaries. Anglers are required to practice catch and release fishing during this season with no harvest allowed in these areas.

Also, as fish begin entering the spillways this spring, anglers are reminded that using any type of net to catch fish in tidal water within 300 feet below a dam or spillway is illegal, with the exception of using a landing net on a fish caught with hook and line.

For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.

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