On Sept. 6, CDFW’s CalTIP line received a report of lobster poaching on a pier at Ocean Beach.

Using high-powered surveillance equipment, Wildlife Officers Vicknair and Richards followed up on the tip and observed eight subjects fishing off of the south arm of the pier. The wildlife officers followed the suspects back to their car. Richards noticed several hoop nets, which are used for catching lobster, being loaded into the vehicle.

The 2014 lobster season does not begin until Sept. 27.

The suspect was charged with 56 counts of taking lobsters out of season, 7 counts of possessing an overlimit of lobsters, 55 counts of possessing undersized lobsters and 1 count of no report card. If convicted, he faces up to $1000 fine and six months in jail for each offense.

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