Crab poachers caught in the claw of the law

Some of the 13 men were from East Palo Alto

More than a dozen people were cited for crab poaching Wednesday night on the San Mateo County coast, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies spotted the poachers' vehicles parked at the Tunitas Beach turnout on state Highway 1 north of La Honda Road on Wednesday night, at an hour when it is unusual to see so much activity in the area, according to Lt. Larry Schumaker.

Deputies were able to look down from the cliff top and see numerous people fishing for crab from the beach, which is isolated and rugged.

A warden from the California Department of Fish and Game was called to the scene and when the poachers returned to their vehicles around

midnight, the warden and deputies stopped them and confiscated 83 crabs.

A total of 13 people were cited for Fish and Game infractions and fined amounts ranging from $400 to $900. Another person was cited for a Fish

and Game misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $1,400.

Most of those cited were adult males from Redwood City and East Palo Alto, Schumaker noted.

With the season for recreational crab fishing closed, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has recently received multiple reports of crab

poaching on the coast, Schumaker said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by DaveyJones
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2012 at 11:10 am

Wonder if these guys were just simply trying to put food on the table for kids and family??
confiscation of the crab and a warning would should have been given instead.

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Posted by Adams
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

Wonder if these guys were just simply ignoring the law and trying to profit??

confiscation of the crab and a citation is exactly what should have been given.

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Posted by Jake
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Poaching is a crime and poaching laws are enforced for a reason. There are many species of fish, animals, birds etc that are either in season or don't have a season that these people could have taken, even if they "were just trying to put food on the table".
Fish and Game could also have confiscated their vehicles as well. If a warning and confiscation was the only risk then there would be a lot more poaching I'm sure and many species would be endangered of becoming extinct.
Poachers know Fish and Game dept is spread thin, these people took a chance and they got caught, next time they should follow the law.
They should have also printed their names, which is another possible reason people might think twice about poaching.

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Posted by Roger
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

So what if they were getting food. Thats why the fishery is declining in california. Too many poachers, too many people getting under sized fish, too many people getting over limits. I say cite them all, and cite them again. Throw them in jail. That excuse of feeding my family is bull!!!!! I fish all the time on the coast, I call DFG EVERY singel time I see a violation!! I will call and I don’t care who see’s me calling. SO all you poachers beware, because we are watching!!!

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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 26, 2012 at 5:57 am

Poaching, overfishing and pollution are the reasons our oceans are running out sea life. We are at a serious danger of killing off all sea life in a few decades. Those poachers have committed a very serious crime and are very lucky to escape with fines. It's a shame the penalties aren't much stiffer because they all should spend a couple of years in prison to deter them and others.

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Posted by Ray
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

To be providing for their family is fine but do it within the law. I'm glad they were caught and hope they are made to pay fine and lose all privileges going forward.

I'm in full support of the wardens and their efforts. They protect our natural resources for all to enjoy. No one is above the law. Support our wardens.

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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

Does being poor make it legal to rob a bank? This is no different- Poaching sea life is causing tremendous, and sometime irreversible damage that hurts everybody, mostly those whose diet depends on sea food and those whose livelihood depends on the sea. Once we allow humans to make sea life extinct there will be catastrophic starvation worldwide.

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Posted by sue
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

13 men gathered late at night poaching crab were not planning to feed it to the wives & kiddies because they can't afford other good protein sources, like beans.

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Posted by Skylonda
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

83 crabs is not "trying to put food on their tables" - it's poaching.

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Posted by David Pepperdine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

@DaveyJones aka Adams:

"Putting food on the table" eh? Where's the logic in that?!

With the $ they used to buy gas to go to the coast, they could easily have bought a couple dozen eggs.

Time to crank up those thinking parts. Coffee?

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Posted by commenter
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

Years in prison? Catastrophic starvation worldwide? Eat beans? We should be reading the news to think and be informed, not to spew this trash.

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Its very simple ...
Poaching crabs is illegal
There are very strong reasons for it
83 crabs means selling them - its purely $$$
They need to pay the full legal penalty

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Posted by DoubleStandards
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I'm wondering if people's reaction to this article would've been different if the men's city of residence was not mentioned. There's terms such as "catch and release" and "sport" fishing; and not much is said about these other ways of "poaching". We have to be fair and criticize all fishing and hunting similarly. Wildlife at this point in history be it oceanic or land animals are no match to modern weaponry or hunting equipment. In reality I've never met anyone in this country who goes out fishing or hunting to feed their family so that's also a farse. I say we call all hunting and fishing for "recreation" poaching and put an end to these double standards. People need to think outside the box for once.

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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Commentator, you must not be aware that about seventy percent of the world's population is dependent on the oceans for its food supply. The world's oceans are now catastrophically depleted of sea life due to overfishing, fishing in off seasons like those guys had done and pollution. Many species are now extinct or near extinction like the Chilean sea bass because of overfishing and off season fishing. At the present rate of abuse the oceans will be empty of fish in just a few decades which would cause catastrophic starvation and increase poverty and misery in many parts of the world.
Sadly you seem to be facts-free. Are you also one of those who deny man caused climate change or is that also "trash" to you?

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Posted by Horrid
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Poaching is horrid. NO REASON to abuse the creatures
FINE THEM Big-time.

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Posted by John Galt
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

"Global Warming" or man made climate change is trash. A political hoax supported by like minded or bought "scientists". It too will fade into history as yet another attempt to fool the fools.
Climate change has been with us forever and will continue LONG after politicions have milked all the votes they can and moved on to some other Hopium fueled ploy.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

John, what does that have to do with poaching whatsoever?

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