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Duckfoot:
Considering the date of the article, Oct 22, 2020, this must have been a poorly written press release:
https://patch.com/california/sonomavalley/man-s-possession-80-abalone-results-40-000-fine-permanent-loss-sportfishing
"Thirty five of the abalone were tagged with the defendant's tags, several were not tagged and some were shucked. The annual bag limit for abalone is three abalone. Possession of twelve abalone creates a presumption of possession for commercial purposes that an individual may then seek to overcome with evidence of lawful take."
I get it that the law cited and subsequent fines were probably relative for the time of the infraction, but whoever wrote the press release for the DA's office obviously did minimal work -- Brandon Gilbert? ( https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/DA/Press-Releases/Possession-of-80-Abalone-Results-in-$40-000-Fine-and-License-Loss/ ) And whoever printed it (What is "Patch"??) did even less.
This bothers me for a whole bunch of reasons. Not the least of which is it shows a lack of understand and respect for the resource and a carefree/oblivious reflection of the seriousness of what's happening off our coast. It shouldn't be too much of a stretch to point out that it's little wonder that climate change is not taken as seriously as it needs to be when such a poorly written official release doesn't put the subject in ANY sort of current perspective.

Duckfoot:
I can't post the link to the DA's page and get it to work properly. If you want to see it you'll have to copy all of the following and paste it in your browser:

https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/DA/Press-Releases/Possession-of-80-Abalone-Results-in-$40-000-Fine-and-License-Loss/

divenfish:
Embarrassing info, coming from the DA's office, to say the least >:(

Duckfoot:
I should have started this thread with accolades for law enforcement and the DA's office. The efforts that went into the bust and prosecution need to be recognized for the significance of the accomplishment. But the press release seemed so out of context and ignorant of current realities that I neglected to give credit to where it's due.

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