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DNREC Reminds Citizens to Check Fishing Regulations

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DOVER, Del. – DNREC is reminding citizens to review state and federal regulations before posting fish or wildlife parts for sale, following two separate cases involving illegal possession and attempted sale of prohibited items.

On Sept. 30, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers cited a Dagsboro individual for possession of prohibited shark parts in connection with an attempt to sell a set of sand tiger shark jaws.

According to state and federal laws, tiger sharks are a prohibited species, thereby making possession of such a shark or parts illegal. Violators will be fined between $25 and $100 plus court costs.

On Oct. 2, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers cited a Millsboro individual for violating federal regulations by attempting to sell jewelry made from waterfowl taken during the 2014 waterfowl hunting season.

The fine for this violation is $25 to $100 plus court costs.

“In general, under the Delaware Code, it is unlawful for any person to collect, possess, import, export, buy, sell or offer for sale any native wildlife species or any part thereof without a permit from the director of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, or, alternately, written documentation to confirm that said wildlife was legally taken and transported from another state,” said Cpl. John McDerby from the Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police. State regulations prohibit sale of recreationally-caught game or food fish without a commercial license, he added.

The sand tiger, sandbar, smooth dogfish and spiny dogfish are the most commonly caught shark species in Delaware, according to DNREC. Anglers may take smooth dogfish and spiny dogfish sharks all year with no minimum size requirements and no daily limit, but they are prohibited from taking sand tiger and sandbar sharks.

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