David Bess, DFG Law Enforcement, (916) 653-4094
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988
A San Francisco man who was caught taking abalone out of season three times over a three-week span has been convicted on poaching charges. Qiong Wang, 32, pled guilty to felony conspiracy and taking abalone for commercial purposes in Mendocino County Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation, in addition to being fined $20,000 and forced to forfeit his vehicle and all dive equipment. His fishing license was also revoked for the rest of his life.
Wang illegally took 96 abalone over the course of 17 days in February 2011. The last of the three arrests occurred near Van Damme State Park on Feb. 19, just five days after he was released from jail for the last poaching incident (see http://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/san-francisco-abalone-poacher-busted-three-times-in-three-weeks/ for details about Wang’s arrests).
Abalone season closed Dec. 1, and did not reopen until April 1.