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Aug 29, 2013 6:25 PM by Associated Press

State raid nets 13 suspected abalone poachers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Thirteen people are under arrest on suspicion of being part of an abalone poaching network after fish and game wardens served search warrants on 14 locations.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/16Z0o1k ) that more than 100 Department of Fish and Wildlife game wardens served the warrants on Thursday.

Lt. Patrick Foy says 13 of 14 suspects are in custody after arrests throughout Northern California in Oakland, San Leandro, Fairfield, Alameda and Sacramento.

Collecting abalone is legal, but divers must be licensed and are limited to 24 of the mollusks a season, and three a day. Divers track their catches on an abalone report card.

Foy says one suspect took 57 abalones in a season, most collected from the waters off Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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