Men Injured by Pontoon Boat Prop; One Critically


Two men were injured, one critically, after they were slashed by a pontoon boat propeller on the Rehoboth Bay late Friday afternoon. Captain Nick A. Couch of the Natural Resources Police/Delaware Fish & Wildlife says about 10 college-age men had rented the pontoon boat. Just before 4:30 p.m., they decided to pose for a photo…

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DNREC Reopens Shellfish Harvest At Rehoboth Bay

A 21-day emergency shellfish harvest closure at Rehoboth Bay has been lifted (photo courtesy of Delaware Department of Natural Resources)

Commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting may resume in Rehoboth Bay following a three-week closure due to a sewer spill. According to The Delaware Department of Natural Resources, 21 days is deemed an abundance of caution to protect the public against pathogens of concern, including viruses, that could be associated with wastewater exposure. Untreated wastewater spilled…

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Massey’s Ditch Dredging Expected to Begin in November


Dredging for Massey’s Ditch is expected to begin by November.  DNREC officials say the contractor will begin mobilizing to the project site on November 1st – with dredging to begin shortly after that.  Massey’s Ditch connects the Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay.  The dredging window runs from November 1 to March 1, 2020.   …

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NAVIGATION WARNING – Baker’s Channel Very Shallow at Low Tide


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section is advising boaters traveling in the Inland Bays this summer to be alert when navigating in Baker’s Channel. The channel extends from Rehoboth Bay to Indian River Bay around the eastern side of the island known as Lynch’s Thicket. The entrance to…

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UD Study Investigates Abandoned Crab Pots in Delaware’s Inland Bays


The University of Delaware and Sea Grant have concluded a study that investigated the presence of abandoned crab pots in the state’s inland bays. The assessment looked into so-called ghost crab pots in three main areas of the Rehoboth Bay: Love Creek, Herring Creek/Guinnea Creek and Bay Cove. The survey of 100 acres discovered 160…

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UPDATE – Multiple Agencies Respond to Rehoboth Bay Boating Tragedy


UPDATE 9 p.m. – Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police spokeswoman, says the vessel involved was actually a 16-foot fiberglass v-bottom boat.  The man who died had a prior medical history.  The other man is expected to be ok.  The boat likely capsized because of weather, water conditions and wake…

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No Wake Zone To Be Extended in Lewes-Rehoboth Canal


DNREC officials are extending the No Wake Zone in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal southward to the Rehoboth Bay.  The extended No Wake Zone will begin in the vicinity of Bay Vista Marina and extend to the Canal entrance jetties at Rehoboth Bay.   The extended No Wake Zone addresses public and navigation safety, increased boat usage and…

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