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Proposed Shellfish Aquaculture Regulations

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold May 21 public hearing

on proposed shellfish aquaculture regulations


DOVER (May 1, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 at DNREC’s Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

The hearing will give the public an overview of proposed shellfish aquaculture regulations and an opportunity to provide comment on the regulations. Shellfish aquaculture regulations are necessary to implement a commercial shellfish aquaculture program in Delaware’s Inland Bays as authorized by the passage of House Bill 160 by the 147th General Assembly.

The proposed regulations include requirements for obtaining a lease – application, locations, issuance, marking, renewal, transfer, expiration, termination, condemnation and emergency relocation. The regulations also propose measures related to shellfish aquaculture gear and marking, shellfish nursery permitting and structures, harvester license qualifications, bivalve species authorized for aquaculture, activities within subaqueous lease areas, shellfish aquaculture reporting requirements, and prohibited activities.

The hearing record on the proposed shellfish aquaculture regulations opens today, May 1, 2014. Individuals may submit written comments regarding the proposed regulations via email to Lisa.Vest@state.de.us, or addressed to Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer, DNREC, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

For more information on the shellfish aquaculture public hearing, call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914 or visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries.

Proposed shellfish aquaculture regulations

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Big striped bass, weakfish, and flounder, oh yeah!!



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Photo from Lewes Harbor Marina … Jesse Billings brought in this fine pair of flounder from Lewes Canal this afternoon. The flatties fell for pink Gulp!

Well the water is warming back up and so is the fishing.  There have been some very nice flounder caught in the Lewes Canal this week on pink gulp.  They are also showing up in the inland bays and Indian River Inlet.  Great to see the fishing finally taking a turn for the better, this has been along drawn out end of winter.  The weakfish that have been showing up are nice sized almost like the days of old with the large tiderunners at Broadkill Beach.  It would be nice to see them increase in numbers and size and we will just have to wait and see if that happens.  Letting the large breeders go will help increase the stocks.  A favorite bait for these fish has always been chicken, some anglers like to soak it in a little peeler oil, but plain fresh chicken breast works just as well.  Silver or gold spoons have done their share of catching weakfish.  Bloodworms, bunker, and fresh surf clam have been good baits as well but mainly for striper bass.  They are still migrating into the Delaware bay and up river.  Large Striped bass (cows) are being caught and many decent sized keepers, several of the large ones would easily top the state record.  Just make sure you follow the spawning season regulations when you are in those areas and let the big girls go anyway to help increase the stocks.  Some shad have been showing up at the Indian River Inlet as well, darts, flies, and small spoons work.  Tautog are being caught in the Delaware bay at several sites and the Indian River Inlet on green crabs.  The surf has been quiet for the most part, short striped bass here and there.  Last weekend a black drum was pulled from 3Rs beach on bunker.  Hopefully the surf will warm up a little more over the weekend, this mild spring weather has made that a slow start.  No one has seen any bluefish yet but I have heard they are showing up near Virginia.  Won’t be long before we see a few blues out there.  Sorry this is such a short report, I have a long weekend of beach clean ups and a fishing trip on a charter Sunday.  It has been a long work week for me and I need to get some rest.  We will be cleaning Herring Point beach tomorrow at 9 am in Cape Henlopen if anyone would like to come out and help.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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Diamond Back Terrapin nesting season

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Diamond Back Terrapin in Delaware Seashore State Park

Diamond Back Terrapin nesting season starts in May.  Keep an eye out for these little guys this year.  The State of Delaware no longer has any funded projects to protect the Diamond Back terrapin due to lack of funding and no volunteers available to assist these creatures.  Usually there are groups that will look out for them during the peak of the season, and help them across busy roads as well the dune fences that block their movements.  They will cross route 1 and many other roads to get to the bays to lay eggs and then head back to the ocean.  If you see one please help them out and place them on the side of the road they were heading towards.  We saw a lot of them last year in the surf and watched them head off into the dunes.  Please be wary of them this year.  They will cross roads as far north as Port Mahon.  We helped a lot of them cross the rip rap wall along the beach at Port Mahon last year.  Mostly they are seen in great numbers near the Charles W Cullen bridge spanning the Indian River Inlet.  If you see one that needs assistance you can also contact the Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education.  Also, it is not uncommon for hatchlings that are laid later in the season to go into brumation (mild hibernation) and they will emerge now and head out.  Just a heads up in case you see any little ones running around.  Thank You

Fish On!

Rich King

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Short stretch of Dune Road to close temporarily starting May 12

REISSUING to clarify that only a portion of Dune Road will be closed in May for completion of new Gordons Pond trail 

Contact: Pat Cooper, Delaware State Parks, 302-645-8983

Short stretch of Dune Road to close temporarily starting May 12; impeding access to Herring Point at Cape Henlopen State Park

CAPE HENLOPEN (April 24, 2014) – Beginning May 12, a short stretch of Dune Road, which provides access to Herring Point from Cape Henlopen State Park, will be closed for approximately one week. The closure of the 1/8th-mile stretch of Dune Road will enable construction work to be completed on the new Gordons Pond Trail, and the associated parking lot, scheduled to open in June.

The closure includes the beach crossing on Dune Road, which means that starting May 12 park goers will not be able to access Herring Point from either Dune Road or from the ocean.

Some of the improvements to Dune Road will include paving and striping, as well as completion of work on the new parking area at Herring Point.

Dune Road is scheduled to reopen on May 19.

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Fun in the sun for the surf fishing tournament

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Looking towards the Charles W Cullen bridge during the surf fishing tournament

We held our first surf fishing tournament on Saturday and it was a great time.  I arrived at conquest beach around 4:30 in the morning and there were a few folks already waiting to register.  The weather was not as bad as forecast, we never saw any rain.  I signed them in and sent them out to the beach.  We had thirty two people sign up from avid tournament anglers to first timers.  Everyone was set up and started fishing by 7 am.  The sun rose over the ocean and promised a beautiful day.  This was the first gorgeous day we have had on the beach, it was perfect.  The current was heavy at the beginning of the tournament and everyone was having a tough time holding bottom in some areas.  Anglers were spread out from Key Box beach to Faithful Steward.  David Okonewki helped me judge and we spent the entire day cruising the beach checking on the anglers.  There were a lot of skates caught, but that did not discourage anyone since we had the skating rink calcutta.  That helped make the day more interesting.  There were two short striped bass caught, but not much else.  Despite the lack of fish, it was a perfect day on the beach.  The winners were drawn by a lottery, since we didn’t have any fish that scored.  Unfortunately when you schedule a tournament in December it is hard to tell if the fish will abide.  Last year at this same time there were all kinds of fish in the surf.  I even added a few fish to the catch list that would never be in the surf just for grins and giggles.  The winners were … John Rossell with first place at $400 …. Mike Alvisi won second place at $250 …. Michael McGreevy won third place at $100 …. due to the number of participants we cut the prizes down based on 50 anglers.  I want to thank everyone for coming out and participating in our first surf fishing tournament it went very well and the learning experience was priceless, thank you for participating.

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Jeff Weaver setting a new fence post at Beach Plum Island State Park

Sunday we held another beach clean up and started at the top of the list on Beach plum Island.  Everyone met at 9 a.m. and I had a project the parks asked us to handle for them.  The snow fences in the parking lot and the entrance driveway needed fixing.  The parks can not hire their  seasonal workers right now, so I was asked if our group would be able to handle the project.  Of course we said yes, and Mike Smith from maintenance met us there with supplies and tools.  Jeff Weaver, Mike Andrews,and I tackled the fences, while volunteers handled cleaning up the beach.  We managed to fix all of the broken fences and posts in about four hours.  A few folks were there very early in the morning and left the bags of trash they collected in the parking lot, which we had taken back to the parks to be dumped.  Our volunteers picked up several bags of trash while they combed the beach.  Thank you all for coming out and helping, we will resume next weekend (Saturday April 27th) in Cape Henlopen State Park at Herring Point.  This weekend is Easter and I think we all deserve a break from jobs well done.  Good to see people coming out to help that care about our beaches and the environment.  People fishing on the beach even assisted our volunteers by cleaning their areas and thanked them for helping keep the beaches clean.  Big thanks to them for following  the example set forth by our volunteers.  Just a friendly reminder, but keep in mind Beach Plum Island is located in a small quiet beach community and to watch your speed, there are many hidden driveways, so be careful driving through there.  Keep a close eye for children and pets.

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Lil Bobby Marcotte about to feast on his blue crabs

The spring this year has been great, up until the last couple of days, and it feels like old man winter wants to give us just one more reminder.  We had sleet and snow the other night!  Today and yesterday high winds were pushing a lot of water and debris onto the beach.  There is still lots of grass and reeds in the water.  Not the tug on a line we want and it gets messy.  Just keep that in mind for the weekend.  There will be more debris on the Delaware bay beaches than the ocean beaches.  The winds didn’t carve the beach up too bad, so it should be nice out there with warmer temperatures.  The surf temp has dropped a few degrees and that will make fishing a little less productive.  Boats out of Lewes have been doing well catching tautog and a few anglers have caught at the Indian river inlet, green crabs for baits.  There are short striped bass here and there in the surf and back bays onblood worms, shad in the Indian river inlet and Masseys  Landing on the outgoing tides on flies, small spoons, and shad darts.  A few keeper striped bass have been caught near Broadkill Beach from the surf and boats, but nothing to write home about.  The northern areas of the Delaware River and Bay like Augustine Beach have been doing well in boats.  Bunker chunking is the choice and bloodworms as well for baits.  A few flounder have been caught in the Lewes Canal on gulp.  Perch are still in the Broadkill river and smaller tidal creeks.  Striped Bass are still moving up the coast from the Chesapeake Bay and we are hoping the surf temp will jump up enough to bring them closer to shore.  Red Drum will show up as soon as the water temps jump up as well as black drum. Blue Crabs are starting to show up in crab traps, just a few here and there but they are starting up in the inland bays.  Good signs of things to come, there are also minnows all over the place.


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The Blood Moon or Pink Moon known among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

The full blood moon or pink moon occurred this week and we had a lunar eclipse.  Unfortunately we couldn’t see anything thanks to cloud cover and rain.  It was still very cool to see the moon rise a few times over the bays and ocean when the sky was clear.  It is always a treat to see the moon rise when you are on the beach and then the stars come out as the night falls.  Speaking of stars, the Lyrid Meteor shower started on the 16th of April and will continue until the 25th.  The best night to view this spectacle will be the 22nd, but over the weekend you should be able to see several meteors.  Fishing the beach at night and seeing meteors is an amazing experience everyone should try at least once.  Well, from here on out the weather will just get warmer and nicer, we don’t anticipate old man winter will show his self until after the fall.  The signs of spring are all around, trees are blooming, hummingbirds are being spotted, toads are all over the place.  Despite the cold snap even the peepers are out chirping the night away.  The Osprey Platform Mac and Kent Davis made is starting to see some action, we are hoping to see a nest built there very soon, there is a video they made of the birds using the platform.  I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend with family and friends.  We will see you in the sandbox.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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