Contact:Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102,
or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs,
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter May
30-June 6 Reminder for the week: Life jackets save
lives, so be safe and wear it
DOVER (June 8, 2012) - To achieve public compliance
through education and enforcement actions that help
conserve Delaware's fish and wildlife resources and
ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents responded to 40
complaints and issued 25 citations between May 30 and
Citations issued between May 30 and June 6 by
violation type included the following charges, with the
number of charges in parentheses:
Tampering with recreational crab pot (1), Bowers Beach;
possession of undersized summer flounder (1), Lewes;
possession of undersized white perch (3), Delaware City;
possession of undersized blue crab (2), Broadkill Beach
and Assawoman Bay.
Boating Safety:No life jackets on
children age 12 or younger as required by law (3),
Newport, Rehoboth Beach, and Indian River; insufficient
life jackets aboard vessel (6), Assawoman Bay, St. Jones
River near Dover, Masseys Landing near Long Neck; slow no
wake violations (3), Indian River; operating a motor
vessel without a boating safety certificate (3), Delaware
City and Assawoman Bay; and operating an unregistered
motor vessel (1), Indian River.
Other:Dumping on state lands (2),
Fowler Beach near Milford and C&D Canal Wildlife Area
near Delaware City.
Are you AWARE?
The Delaware Office of Boating Safety of the
Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds
boaters of the importance of life jackets while boating.
Statistics support the vital role of wearing life jackets
in keeping boaters safe. According to U.S. Coast Guard
data, nearly three-quarters of all boating fatalities
nationwide in 2011 were drowning victims - and more than
80 percent of them were not wearing life jackets.
"Like seatbelts in automobiles, we know without
question that life jackets save lives," said Sgt. Gregory
Rhodes, Office of Boating Safety. "Today's life jackets
are also more effective, more comfortable and even more
fashionable than in the past, so there's simply no reason
not to use them."
In Delaware, life jackets also are the law, with
the following requirements included:
· Children age 12 and younger
are required to wear a life jacket while underway in any
vessel on Delaware waters.
· Recreational vessels are
required to carry one life jacket for each person aboard,
and to keep them readily accessible. (Minimum fine for
· Recreational vessels 16 feet
in length or longer are required to carry one throwable
cushion or ring buoy in addition to life jackets for all
"Though life jackets are not legally required for
adults, they should be worn, especially by anyone with
limited swimming skills," Sgt. Rhodes added.