The Admins of delaware-surf-fishing.com recently met with Capt. Steven C. Savidge, the Regional Ranger Supervisor for the Delaware State Parks. While the primary focus of delaware-surf-fishing.com is that of fishing related news, we find it important that the sportsmen and women who utilize Delaware’s recreational resources understand that without rangers like Capt. Savidge, our vital natural resources would go unprotected and perhaps perish. We’d also like folks to know that Capt. Savidge and his colleagues are approachable and understanding individuals. During the course of our interview, Capt. Savidge mentioned that law enforcement is such a large part of the rangers’ work. We’d like people to realize the breadth of the work of the employees of the Delaware Park Service and how it ultimately impacts our safety and enjoyment while in the parks.
Interview with Capt. Steven C. Savidge
September 22, 2011 – Cape Henlopen State Park
DSF: What first interested you in working for the Delaware State Park System?
Capt. Savidge: I’ve always liked being in the outdoors. And as a natural progression I majored in fisheries and wild life while in college.
DSF: And how long have you been a Delaware Park Ranger?
Capt. Savidge: Twenty-three years including seasonal. I worked as a seasonal ranger while in college.
DSF: What is your favorite part of doing your job?
Capt. Savidge: Definitely being outdoors. I spend more time in the office these days. So I like having the opportunity to drive through the park and being able to see the wild life. I even like doing things like picking up a box turtle and moving it safely off the road.
DSF: Do you like to go surf fishing?
Capt. Savidge: Occasionally. I prefer off-shore fishing for tuna. My second favorite would be striper.
DSF: If you were to ask salt water anglers to do just one thing that would make a difference for our coastal ecosystem, what would that be?
Capt. Savidge: Practice catch and release and practice it smartly. Have the proper tools, keep the fish out of water as little as possible, and just follow the guidelines.
DSF: Well, thank you for your time Captain.
Capt. Savidge: My pleasure.
We want to thank Capt. Savidge for taking time out of his schedule to meet with Rich and I (Chris) out at Cape Henlopen State Park on the Point. See you out there Captain!