Santa Rosa Man Fined $40,000 For Illegal Abalone Possession

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A Santa Rosa man is banned from fishing and has been fined $40,000 for illegal abalone possession. The District Attorney’s office says Fish and Wildlife investigators served a search warrant on 69-year-old Thanh Van Nguyen and found 80 abalone in his house, some of it shucked and ready for sale. The legal sport fishing bag limit is only three red abalone and commercial abalone fishing has been banned since 1997. In addition to the fine, Nguyen was sentenced this week to 16-hours of community service and his fishing license was permanently revoked.