Proposed changes to surf fishing in Del. to be considered on Thursday

DOVER, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Parks and Recreation Division will consider several proposed changes to the surf fishing program in Delaware on Thursday.

On Wednesday 47ABC learned that DNREC has been talking about a cap for the number of surf fishing tags that are issued in the First State each year.

That cap would be set at 17,000, which is just about 300 less than the number of tags issued last year.

Officials say that the Parks and Recreation council could decide to move forward with regulation changes Thursday morning and that would only happen because they don’t want things to get out of control.

Ray Bivens, the Director of Delaware State Parks, “So we looked at the future and we looked at the trends and we’ve been increasing our usage by 7 percent a year, so if we didn’t do something now by like 2022, we’re going to be looking at 21,000 to 22,000 permits out there.”

The other proposed change would call for an increase of permit fees by 10 dollars for Delawareans.

That means Delawareans would have to pay 90 dollars for an annual permit, rather than 80.

Out of state residents would pay 180 dollars for an annual permit, which is an increase of 20 dollars.

While some support the fee increase, others are angry and don’t understand why they need to pay more.

Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., everyone will have a chance to voice their opinion on the proposed changes.

“After the presentation the parks council will ask questions and there will also be a time for the public to ask question or for the public to give a two minute statement on how they feel about the issue,” Bivens said.

If the proposed changes are passed on Thursday, they will go into effect on February 1st.

That means that if you don’t want to pay the increased fee, you have until February 1st to get a 2 year tag at a regular price.

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