Sacramento Family Faces Felony Charges for Selling Sport Caught Fish

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested a Sacramento family of three early Saturday morning for illegally selling sport-caught fish from the Delta.

Luan Van Dao, 51, his wife Mung Thi Bui, 49, and their son Tuan Anh Dao, 29 were arrested by CDFW officers after more than a month of watching the family fish daily in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and hide their fish in a hidden compartment aboard their boat. The suspects also appeared to have an established network of buyers to whom they would sell fish on a regular basis. In California, commercial fishermen are permitted to sell their catch directly to restaurants, but private or sport-fishing catch is illegal to resell.

Luan Van Dao and Mung Thi Bui were convicted of poaching fish in 2006. During the current investigation Tuan Anh Dao was cited for possession of an oversized sturgeon on Nov. 16.

“Convicted poachers who continue to sell California’s fish and wildlife for personal profit are a wildlife officer’s highest priority,” said CDFW Law Enforcement Division Captain Rudy Arruda. “These poachers are taking away from the legal and legitimate anglers.”

All three suspects face charges of felony conspiracy and illegal sale of sport-caught fish. If convicted the suspects could face jail time, significant fines, loss of their fishing licenses and other penalties. ­

Charges will be filed with the Yolo County District Attorney when the investigation is complete.

Media Advisory: Photos and video can be downloaded at ftp://ftp.dfg.ca.gov/OCEO/ 

Media Contact:        
Lt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095

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Special Dove Hunting Opportunity Offered on Cosumnes River Preserve

Dove season is approaching and people seeking hunting opportunities can visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Upland Game Bird Program’s web page. It lists numerous statewide hunts, including the North Central Region’s Cosumnes River Preserve hunt.

Dove season is scheduled Sept. 1 – 15 and Nov. 9 – Dec. 23. Additional information on species and bag limits can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/upland-summary-12-13.html. In CDFW’s North Central Region, which serves Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras and San Joaquin counties, there will be one special hunt opportunity Sept. 1 on the Cosumnes River Preserve located in Sacramento County. Applications and information are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/gamebird.

Hunters will be selected by a computerized drawing. Applicants must submit an application with their choice of hunts listed in order of reference. Applications may include up to two hunters applying as a party. Hunters may apply only once for each hunt, either as an applicant or as a guest. Submitting multiple applications will result in disqualification.

The purchase of an Upland Game Bird Stamp supports these special hunts and other programs that provide additional upland game bird hunting opportunities. The stamp is required for all upland game bird hunters except apprentice hunters.

Media Contacts:
Sara Holm, CDFW Environmental Scientist, (530) 346-6305
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Join California Department of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resource Volunteer Program in Sacramento

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW.

The next training academy will be held in Sacramento during September 2013.

Graduates will become unpaid, but very fulfilled volunteers for CDFW.

NRVP applicants go through a selection process which includes an initial screening and background check. Selected participants will attend a three-day training academy.  An additional eight-hour training day each month, through the course of a seven-month probationary period, will prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 16 hours. Volunteers will work with a trained mentor implementing their newly acquired skills.

Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public both in the field and in a class room setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid CDFW staff.

CDFW Natural Resource Volunteers have no law enforcement authority and are trained to be educational ambassadors for CDFW, donating their time in a variety of areas including responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing CDFW at community outreach events, disseminating useful information to the public, and patrolling CDFW lands, ecological reserves, and inland and coastal fishing areas.

Application deadline is August 19, 2013. Applicants should be submitted as soon as possible. Please contact Lt. Steven Stiehr or Warden Brian Moore at (916) 358-1948 prior to submitting an application.

Media Contact:
Warden Brian Moore, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 358-1948
Lt. Steven Stiehr, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 358-1948

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