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Federal Consistency Determinations Submitted to the Delaware Coastal Management Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) proposes to promulgate a new rule to implement an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic. It also proposes amendments to the Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan.


Scientific Collection Permits

The Division of Fish and Wildlife issues permits to collect protected wildlife, finfish, shellfish or their nests or eggs for scientific, education or propagating purposes. Permits are issued for up to one year and may require review and approval from a relevant taxa project leader.



Everything Including the Kitchen “Sink” — Delaware’s Artificial Reefs

Over 20 years, Delaware has recycled more than two million tons of rock, 100,000 tons of concrete, 86 tanks and armored personnel carriers, 1,329 retired subway cars and 27 retired vessels to create new, artificial reefs.


Federal Consistency Determinations: NMFS Emergency Fishery Management Plan Rule

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to use an emergency rule under the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region to increase the recreational bag limit for Atlantic king mackerel in federal waters.


Federal Consistency Determinations Submitted to the Delaware Coastal Management Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to adjust the current regulations for North Atlantic swordfish and shark retention limits for certain permit holders in U.S. Atlantic and Caribbean waters, including modifying retention limits and adding regulatory criteria for in season adjustment of retention limits.


Federal Consistency Determinations Submitted to the Delaware Coastal Management Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to adopt Amendment 21 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to establish updated Summer Flounder commercial quota allocations.


Public Hearing: Including Cobia in the Tidal Finfish Regulations

The Division of Fish & Wildlife will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions to the Tidal Finfish regulations to include a new section on Cobia (Rachycentron canadum).


Public Hearing: Striped Bass Spawning Season and Area Restrictions

The Division of Fish & Wildlife will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2019-R-F-0026) on on February 26, 2020, on proposed revisions to the regulations governing Striped Bass Spawning Seasons and Area Restrictions.


Shellfish Aquaculture

The Division of Fish and Wildlife makes acreage in the Inland Bays available for leases for shellfish aquaculture.

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Zina Hense Environmental Scientist 302-739-4782
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Fish and Wildlife Advisory Councils

Delaware state law establishes several councils to advise the Director of Fish and Wildlife on matters relating to fisheries, recreational fishing, wildlife and hunting, and shell fisheries.
Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Council


Availability of Delaware Bay Shellfish Grounds for Leasing

Division of Fish & Wildlife is informing interested parties that shellfish grounds are available for lease, located in the Delaware Bay, south of the East Line and North of the Murderkill River.


The Fisheries Section

The Fisheries Section works to enhance and protect Delaware’s fish and aquatic resources in support of recreational and commercial fishing. It provides first-class fishing and boating access to Delaware’s many waterways. And it conducts fisheries research, resource monitoring, and collection of biological information on marine fisheries.



Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to 7 DE Admin. Code 3700 – Shellfish

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has proposed amendments to Delaware’s shellfish regulations to add Jonah Crab and to make changes to the Lobster fishing regulations.





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