Conservation News and Alerts

Items related to conservation issues and actions in Delaware

Changes in Duck Stamp competition Rules

Recently the rules for the Duck Stamp competition were changed. In recent years, the competition has allow paintings of ducks and their habitats without emphasizing hunting, because many non-hunters purchase these stamps to support conservation. Reverting back to requiring a “hunting element” in all paintings ignores the non-hunting conservation community.

Horseshoe Crab ASMFC Letter

In recent shorebird-related news, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is proposing to alter horseshoe crab harvest restrictions and include female horseshoe crabs in future harvests.

The DOS Conservation Committee has been tracking this issue closely and has significant concerns about the adoption of the ASMFC’s Revised Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) model to set harvest quotas for horseshoe crab harvest. DOS does not support the adoption of a model that would currently recommend harvest of female crabs at this point in the recovery trajectory of rufa Red Knots.

We have submitted a letter recommending that ASMFC should NOT adopt the Addendum to the HSC Fisheries Management Plan at this time. This detailed letter is available here.