Reminder for the week: Start the boating season off right by wearing your lifejacket
DOVER (April 20, 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 April 9-15 made 1,939 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, issuing 15 citations. Officers responded to 34 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 April 13, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers presented information on Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police careers during a law enforcement job fair at the Stanton Delaware Technical Community College near Newark.
- On April 14, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers presented information on hunting, fishing, and boating, displayed the Operation Game Theft Trailer and a patrol vessel and provided a K9 demonstration with K9 Rosco during the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Conservation Festival at Fish & Wildlife’s Owens Station complex near Greenwood.
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:
Wildlife Conservation: No turtle permit for division ponds (1), and federal regulations adopted (1).
Fisheries Conservation: No FIN number (2), and possession of over the limit trout (2).
Boating and Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (1), no life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (1), and no boating safety certificate (3).
Other: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (3), and dumping on a state wildlife area (1).
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 http://de.gov/ogt.
Are you AWARE?
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters to practice safe boating, especially wearing lifejackets. Delaware law requires that all personal watercraft (PWC) operators and passengers, as well as all children 12 years old and younger aboard a vessel of any type wear a lifejacket while underway. The law does not require wearing a lifejacket for those age 13 years and older on vessels other than PWCs; however, vessel owners/operators are required to carry a readily accessible, properly sized lifejacket for each person.
The same requirements that apply to vessels also apply to paddleboards, canoes and kayaks operating on Delaware waters. All paddleboards, canoes and kayaks must have a wearable lifejacket and a whistle or other sound-producing device aboard and readily accessible.