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(7 Del.C. §103 and 7 Del.C., Ch. 60)
7 DE Admin. Code 3304
Pursuant to 29 Del.C. §10119, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is adopting amendments to Non-Tidal Finfish Regulation 3304 Creel Limits and Seasons for trout (7 DE Admin. Code 3304, Sections 3.1.2 and 3.4.2) without prior notice or public hearing in the interest of public safety.
Delaware’s trout season on the designated trout ponds (Newton Pond in Sussex County and Tidbury Pond in Kent County) is established in 7 DE Admin. Code 3304 as the first Saturday in March (March 7, 2015). However, Delaware is presently under a winter storm warning with predicted snow accumulations of four to ten inches through 1900 Hrs. on Thursday March 5, 2015 (National Weather Service Mount Holly, NJ), the scheduled trout stocking date for the ponds. Furthermore, the two ponds are presently covered in several inches of ice. These unusual circumstances preclude safe trout stocking and present an imminent safety risk to hatchery personnel, Department staff, and the fishing public, who may venture onto unsafe ice in pursuit of trout. As such, for the 2015 calendar year only, the Department hereby amends 7 DE Admin. Code 3304, Section 3.1.2 to postpone the opening day of the trout season until the second Saturday in March (March 14, 2015) at 0700 Hrs. (7:00 a.m.). The designated trout ponds will remain closed to all fishing until that time.
It is hereby ordered, the 4th day of March 2015 that the above referenced amendments to Non-Tidal Finfish Regulation 3304 (7 DE Admin. Code 3304, Sections 3.1.2 and 3.4.2), a copy of which is hereby attached, are adopted pursuant to 29 Del.C. §10119 and supported by the evidence contained herein.
(Penalty Section 7 Del.C. §1304)
3.4.2 It is unlawful for any person to fish in a designated trout pond from the first second Saturday in March through April 18, unless said person has in his or her possession a valid trout stamp, or unless said person is exempted by law from having a trout stamp.
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