Repeat San Francisco Abalone Poacher Sentenced to Jail
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
for details about Wang’s arrests).
Abalone season closed Dec. 1, and did not reopen until April 1.