The Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries was created in 1984 to advise the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife and represent both the commercial and recreational interests in the state’s regulation of finfish.
The Council is established in state law at 7 Del. Code § 904 and is comprised of seven members, with each member serving a term of three years. The Council members are appointed by the Governor.
The Council represents a variety of finfishing interests, including the bait and tackle industry, those fishing from shore, and those fishing from private vessels, chartered boats, or head boats. There are members who represent commercial fishing interests, such as seafood wholesalers, those fishing with fixed fishing equipment, and those fishing with drifting or hauling fishing equipment.
The Tidal Finfish Advisory Council meets at least once per quarter, usually on the third Wednesday of the meeting month.
Meeting minutes are posted on the Public Meeting Calendar once approved at a later Council meeting.
Dr. Dewayne Fox, Chair
Bernard L. Pankowski
Joseph A. Smith
P. Wes Townsend