Fish and Game wardens cited two Los Angeles-area fishermen for illegally harvesting 1,400 limpets near Gorda on Friday, April 20. One fisherman may take 35 limpets per day, but may not sell the shellfish.
Limpets are prized ingredients in some ethnic cuisines. Some say the cone-shaped shells resemble tiny pointed Oriental straw hats.
According to Warden Teri Hickey, undercover wardens watched two men prying the invertebrates off shoreline rocks at low tide about 8 miles north of the Monterey County line.
Later, Hickey stopped the fishermen in San Simeon and confiscated the limpets, prying tools, bags and a scale as evidence.
She cited the men, ages 38 and 56, for not having fishing licenses, unlawful possession, unlawful take and being over the limpet limit. They’re due in court on June 19.
In 2001, 2,500 limpets were confiscated and two fishermen were fined $500 and three years probation in a similar case.