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  • Precautionary emergency shellfish growing area closure
    Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Sandy, all Delaware shellfish growing areas will be closed for harvest effective 12 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, until further notice. No clams, oysters or any other bivalve molluscan shellfish may be harvested from any Delaware waters at this time. The closure will not be lifted until the state shellfish authority administered by DNREC has deemed water quality safe for the harvest of shellfish.
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  • June 27: Septic system rehabilitation loan program
    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) with First State Community Action Agency (FSCA) will present a public workshop in launching a campaign for the septic system rehabilitation loan program. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 27 (3 pm - 7 pm) at First State Community Action Agency located on 308 North Railroad Ave., Georgetown, DE 19947. Presentation on program details and septic maintenance. Specialists will be available to answer questions. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please contact Phil Miller, DNREC Financial Assistance Branch: p....
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Georgetown man catches state record-sized largemouth bass
  • Georgetown man catches state record-sized largemouth bass
    DOVER (March 23, 2012) – When James D. Hitchens of Georgetown set out yesterday for his favorite Sussex County fishing hole, he planned to catch largemouth bass, baiting his line with a live shiner minnow. However, he didn’t expect to set a new state record for the size of the largemouth bass that took his bait. “I’ve never had one over eight pounds,” Hitchens said. “So I was hoping for over eight pounds.” Hitchens got his wish and then some when he reeled in a 10-pound, 10-ounce female largemouth measuring 26 inches long and 18 3/4 inches in girth, as measured at Taylored Tackle Shop in ....

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Ex-USS Arthur W. Radford reef sinking expected soon
  • Ex-USS Arthur W. Radford reef sinking expected soon
    Follow this link for information about the ship's history: http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/968.htm Philadelphia, PA – Delaware Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara were joined by natural resource officials from Maryland and New Jersey in Philadelphia on July 29 alongside the ex-USS Arthur W. Radford for a final salute to the destroyer before her final mission into the Atlantic to be sunk as part of the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef program. The Radford is expected to leave the dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in early August, having been prepared there as t....

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  • Fish and Wildlife Enforcement made multiple arrests related to boating safety, other violations
    Dover, DE (June 23, 2011) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section today released information on recent arrests, including several related to a boating safety operation conducted on June 18 in Indian River Inlet. Fish and Wildlife agents on that date cited seven operators for excessive vessel speed and issued fines for one count each of not observing slow no wake within 100 yards of another vessel: Anthony W. Albrecht, age 81, of Millsboro; Michael C. Greenbaum, age 60, of Arlington, Va.; John E. Fontana, age 62, of Stowe, Pa.; Harry L. Scheidler, age 66, of Halifax, ....
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  • F.I.N. numbers to be included with individual fishing licenses purchased starting April 15
    Dover, DE – Since 2009, recreational anglers fishing Delaware waters have been required to call or go online annually to participate in Delaware’s fishing registry by obtaining a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. As of Friday, April 15, the required F.I.N. number will be generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through Delaware’s electronic licensing systems. “Anglers have asked for this change, the advisory council has recommended it, and we are very happy to announce that we will now be able to provide our recreational fishermen with a F.I.N.....
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  • The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park closed for beachnesting season
    Lewes, DE - The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, is closed beginning Tuesday, March 1 for the benefit of piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds. The nesting habitat on the ocean side will reopen Sept. 1, when the season’s young birds are typically able to fly. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental ....
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  • Two men arrested for hunting illegally on a state refuge
    NEWPORT (Jan. 13, 2011) – Following an investigation, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents on Jan. 12 arrested two men on charges of weapons and hunting violations on wildlife lands near Newport. Don E. Bryant, age 53, of Wilmington, was arrested and charged with three felony counts of possession of weapons/ammunition by a person prohibited, one count of trespassing to hunt and one count of hunting on a refuge. His shotgun and ammunition were seized as evidence. Bryant was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court No. 11 in New Castle and released on $11,000 bond pending t....
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  • Delaware anglers exempt from federal registry fees under DNREC Fisheries F.I.N. program
    DOVER (Dec. 15, 2010) – Delaware anglers are exempt from a new federal saltwater fishing registration fee that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011, since the First State established its own free saltwater angler registry in 2009. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that the fee for anglers registering with the National Saltwater Angler Registry will be $15 for non-exempt anglers, spear fishers and for-hire fishing vessels, as authorized by a 2006 federal law enacted to aid NOAA in assessing the health of fish and the economic contributions of anglers. De....
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  • Open burning prohibited May 1 - Sept. 30 to protect public health
    DNREC reminds Delawareans that open burning is prohibited statewide from May 1 through September 30 to protect public health. The only exceptions to Delaware's open burning ban are cooking fires (BBQs), recreational campfires and ceremonial fires. All other burning activities are restricted during ozone season. "Open burning contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution by producing smoke and toxic chemicals that can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems," said Tom Postell, environmental program manager. "The ban coincides with the beginning ....
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  • Monthly Gardening Calendar
    To ensure a bountiful harvest, the conscientious gardener should follow these guidelines during the month of July. The First Week of July: . Control the weeds in vegetable and flower gardens. . Feed roses. . Watch for mites on roses, shrubs, trees, and ground covers. . Control Japanese beetles on roses, crepe myrtle, grapes, and other host plants. Keep in mind, baited traps attract Japanese beetles, so hang them away from the plant you want to protect. . Harvest and hang herbs before they go to bloom. Tie in little bunches and hag in a ventilated warm space to cure. After drying thorou....
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  • Reminder: Entrance Fees to State Parks Now In Effect
    The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control's Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware's state parks that entrance fees are being collected as of March 1, 2009. The fee season was expanded last year to include the months of March, April and November. Fees are now charged from March 1 to Nov. 30. Since the expansion, DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation has generated additional revenue to help cover increasing park operating costs, noting that the weather in March, April and November has been typically warmer, increasing attendance and therfore the nee....
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  • Toll-Free Calling, Website Available for Anglers to Obtain F.I.N. Number
    A website and a toll-free number are now available for Delaware anglers to obtain a Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number as required by a new regualtion that goes into effect Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. As of that date, all prospective Delaware anglers age 16 or older, licensed or not, will be required to get a F.I.N. number on an annual basis before fishing in Delaware waters. There is no fee for the number. To obtain a F.I.N. number or for more information, anglers may visit www.delaware-fin.com/link, or call 8....
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  • Recycle your Christmas Tree at a Yard Waste Drop-off Site or State park
    Delawareans are encouraged to “Go Green” this holiday season by recycling their Christmas tree at a yard wast drop-off site in New Castle County or a state park in Kent or Sussex County. Trees and other greens, free of ornaments, wire and tinsel, can be dropped-off at one of six locations statewide from Dec. 26 through Jan. 19. New Castle County: • Brandywine Hundred Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, unless otherwise posted. The site is locatedon the north side of Cauffiel Parkway, approximately 100 yards east of the Cauffiel P....
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