Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to the Tidal Finfish Regulations (Tilefish)

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Published: June 27, 2021
Comments Due: Aug. 6, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a virtual public hearing on Thursday, July 22, 2021 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to consider comments from the public on the proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 3542 “Tilefish.”

The objectives of revising 7 DE Admin. Code 3542 are to implement changes to the recreational and commercial daily possession limits and establish a closed recreational season for Blueline Tilefish. These changes will make the Tilefish regulation in Delaware state waters identical to the federal waters regulation.

The proposed amendments may be inspected online starting July 1, 2021 at or in-person, by appointment only, by contacting John H. Clark, by phone at (302)739-9914 or by email at

A virtual public hearing will be held following the adjournment of the public hearing on proposed amendments to 7 DE Admin. Code 3550 Cobia (SAN #2021-02; Hearing Docket No. 2021-R-F-0007) on Thursday, July 22, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m. The web link to the virtual meeting is found on the DNREC Public Hearings site at If prompted for a password, please use: Fish. To access the audio-only portion of the virtual hearing, dial 1-408-418-9388 and enter event code 173 319 0455. Closed-captioning is available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.

Those wishing to offer verbal comments during DNREC virtual public hearings must pre-register no later than noon on the date of the virtual hearing at or by telephone at 302-739-9295.

The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Friday, August 6, 2021. Comments pertaining to the above matter will be accepted in written form via email to, using the online form at, or by U.S. mail to the following address:

Theresa Smith, Hearing Officer
DNREC — Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901