California Fish and Wildlife officials say they cited two men for poaching abalone from a protected area near Laguna Beach.Lt. Eric Ford says wardens saw 47-year-old Juni Pong and 47-year-old Kuan Yee wearing full scuba gear as they entered the ocean at Moss Cove in Laguna Beach.
After more than an hour the men emerged from the ocean, and were greeted by wardens on the beach. They each allegedly had two green abalone in their diving gear.
Ford says the abalone were returned to the sea after being photographed for evidence, and their diving equipment was confiscated and impounded as evidence.
Abalone can only be taken from waters north of the San Francisco Bay and only during specific seasons.