Re: abalone court

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Posted by Don on July 07, 2009 at 07:41:09:

In Reply to: abalone court posted by on July 06, 2009 at 23:47:32:

The fines handed out by the courts seem out of line with the crime and really not a deterrent

Consider the following:

166 abalone taken, letís assume a three pound average for the abalone; price on black market per pound $70.00 equals a gross revenue of $34,860.00.

Eleven defendants, average fine $1,207.00 plus gear (lets add $500.00) cost to all defendant $1,707.00 X 11 equals $18,777.00

The eleven defendants lost $18K on this transaction, but if they had eluded the fish cops on just one prior occasion their profit would have been $16,083.

The fines handed out by the court are just the cost of doing business for the poachers.

Anyone willing to bet these individuals will not be back in court within the year?

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