In Your Gear Bag: Fishing License and Abalone Report Card

The two most important pieces of gear for abalone diving are your California fishing license and your abalone report card.

Taking abalone out of the ocean without properly reporting it is considered poaching and comes with big fines and other penalties. The fines and punishments vary from case to case, but in 2015 three poachers were fined $20,000 each for possessing 59 abalone.

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