Abalone seized at first checkpoint

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Posted by on May 29, 2006 at 20:24:31:

Abalone season opened on April 1 along the state’s North Coast.

The Department of Fish and Game wardens contacted 1,112 people and seized 79 abalones during an abalone checkpoint last month in Sonoma County.

This was the first of four checkpoints planned in May and June along Northern California’s coast and resulted in 66 citations for a variety of abalone-related infractions.

“Checkpoints provide a method to help DFG educate the public about laws, regulations and resource conditions,” said DFG Lt. Steve Riske.

Regulations allow the take of three abalones each day, with no more than 24 during the season. There remains no commercial take of abalone, and California has banned all abalone harvest south of San Francisco since 1997.

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