State Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens say in the first case of its type in more than a decade, a Santa Barbara fisherman has had his fishing privileges revoked for life, after he was caught poaching endangered abalone.
In December of 2012, Fish and Wildlife officers were inspecting commercial sea urchin vessels at Santa Barbara. They say after they noticed a crew member behaving suspiciously, they inspected a boat and found four live red abalone concealed inside a wetsuit.
Robert Kenneth Laumer was convicted of poaching abalone, and a half dozen other charges. The 55 year old Santa Barbara man was put on three years probation, fined $15,000. and had his commercial, and recreational fishing license, and permits revoked for life.
All abalone fishing has been banned south of San Francisco since 1997, because of the endangered status of the species.