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    February 23, 2011

    SF Man Arrested For Abalone Poaching Three Times In Three Weeks

    A San Francisco man has been arrested for his third abalone poaching violation in as many weeks, a California Department of Fish and Game spokesman said.

    Qiong Wang, 31, was arrested Saturday in Van Damme State Park on the Mendocino coast three miles south of Mendocino, Fish and Game spokesman Patrick Foy said.

    Fish and Game wardens watched Wang and David Trevors, 28, of San Francisco, for two hours as the pair allegedly kayaked into the ocean and used scuba gear to collect 55 abalone, Foy said.

    The men allegedly stashed the abalone near the beach and drove to the Sub-Surface Progression dive shop in Fort Bragg to return their rented kayak, Foy said.

    Wardens arrested the men at the dive shop and recovered the abalone and Trevors’ vehicle. They also seized the pair’s dive gear.

    Wang and Trevors were booked into Mendocino County Jail for felony conspiracy, the taking of abalone for commercial purposes, and other charges, Foy said.

    On Feb. 12, Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies stopped Wang for speeding on state Highway 28 near Boonville, Foy said.

    The deputies found two wet duffel bags containing fresh abalone in the back seat and contacted Fish and Game warden Don Powers, Foy said.

    Powers found 36 red abalone, five of them undersized, as well as five scuba tanks and scuba diving gear in the trunk of Wang’s car, Foy said.

    Wang was booked into Mendocino County Jail for possession of abalone for commercial sale, and his Toyota sedan and dive gear were seized as evidence, Foy said. He was released from jail Feb. 14.

    While they were investigating another crime, Petaluma police also contacted Wang and Trevors in Petaluma on Feb. 2, Foy said. The two men were allegedly in possession of five abalone during closed season.

    The abalone season closed Dec. 1 and will reopen April 1.

    Wang was cited for several misdemeanors, including over-limit and out-of-season takes, Foy said.

    Wardens have noticed an increase in abalone poaching over the past few years on the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts, Foy said.

    Fish and Game Assistant Chief Tony Warrington said that for many abalone poachers, the profit from selling illegal abalone outweighs the risk of getting caught.

    James Lanaras, Bay City News

    The original February 23, 2011 article can be found here.

    February 13, 2011

    Palos Verdes Dive Report For Sunday, February 13

    I’ve had this persistent cough for the last two months – no fever, no blocked sinuses, so I’m not sure what it is; I have pretty much learned to live with it until it goes away.

    Driving in from an undisclosed, secret Santa Monica location, I arrived at 7:00 AM – an hour early – and checked out the conditions.

    Low tide and water that was flat as a lake, called me to finally get in the water again.

    The regular divers started to arrive; even though the arrival of Chipper usually jinxes perfect conditions, that was not the case this morning.

    Entering the water from The Cove, I slipped on a rock, did the splits and ruined my perfect entrance – at least I gave some entertainment to some tourists that were watching – it’s probably on the Japanese Youtube channel.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #377

    Off The Cove and to the right
    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Dove with Not New Chris and Dennis G.

    In With: 2600 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 30 feet
    Waves: Miniscule, maybe two feet at best
    Visibility: 8-20 feet
    Water Temperature: 57 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    Dennis G., Not So New Chris and I went to the right and submerged.

    Diving Terranea

    Some places off of Terranea Resort resemble the barren seascape of Veteran’s Park.

    A Sheep Crab awaits.

    A Sheep Crab awaits to attack passing divers.

    Don’t get too close Dennis!

    Don’t get too close Dennis!

    The crab attacks!

    The crab attacks!

    Colorful reef Terranea Resort

    Combined with the shallow depth and lots of light, some parts of this dive opened up to 20 feet of visibility.

    Cool looking sea thingy.

    If you haven’t learned by now, don’t come here for sea life identification lessons; I don’t know what these things are, but they look cool.

    An opal eye.

    An Opal eye gives me a stare.

    A very rare purple starfish.

    A very rare purple starfish.

    A starfish next to a sun star.

    A starfish next to a sun star.

    I’m not sure what this starfish is doing - it folded itself in half, over what looks like a sea feather.

    I’m not sure what this starfish is doing – it folded itself in half, over what looks like a sea feather.

    Everyone made an easy exit at The Cove.


    Donna The Hot Biker Chick, who is recovering from a cold, joined us for traditional debriefing.

    Just a warning about newer vehicles - apparently they tend to lock themselves automatically after a while, so don’t leave your keys inside.

    Just a warning about newer vehicles – apparently they tend to lock themselves automatically after a while, so don’t leave your keys inside.

    Around 11 AM, the sun was out and the public lot started to fill up.

    To our amazement, we saw a family of six walking down from the distant free parking on the long driveway, all carrying beach chairs and boogie boards.

    Boogie boards here?

    I guess they saw a picture of the sandy beach and thought it went all the way down to the water?

    In less time than it took to finish the King Of Beers, the family was walking back to their car.

    What branch is Military Bob from?

    Someone asked Military Bob which branch of the armed forces was he in – the first person to post with the correct guess, wins two 12-ounce Budweisers the next Sunday that I show up – you must be over 18 to claim prize.

    Traffic was pretty light getting back to Santa Monica.

    I will have to say, there is quite a difference between the Long Beach “Gang” Ghetto and the Santa Monica “Hippie” Ghetto.

    In Long Beach, if you’re out in public and some bum asks you for money and you tell him to go screw himself, everything is cool – people around you may even laugh.

    Homeless in Santa Monica

    If you do the same thing in Santa Monica, a lot of times, some ultra-liberal piece of crap will step up and try and lecture you about the unfortunate plight of the homeless – so you basically have to tell two people off.

    I know there’s a lot of homeless people that need help, but when I saw a “homeless” woman with her eight year old daughter, with all their possessions in a shopping cart, wheel everything directly into a nearby motel room at dusk, I wonder how many are just actors.

    They had been on the side of the street collecting food and money all day.

    Rain has been forecast for later in the week, and the lobster season clock is ticking – hopefully, I will have time to do more diving soon.

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