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Five people who allegedly illegally harvested black abalone could be fined $15,000 to $40,000 each

Five people were arraigned in a King City court Tuesday, answering charges that on May 19 they illegally harvested 95 black abalone near the shore at Jade Cove in Monterey County.

The case is set to go to court on June 13.

Those charged were Robert Hyung Chul Gi, 27, and Jennifer Hyoe Yon Gi, 18, of San Mateo and Jong Nan Yoo, age 58, Jong Duk Yoo, 53, and Jong Bae Yoo, 65, of South Korea.

According to Dean Hileman, lieutenant for Department of Fish and Game, if the accused are found guilty under Fish and Game code, they could be fined from $15,000 to $40,000 each.

“This is a case in which we feel very strongly that at least the minimum fine should be imposed,” Hileman said. Jail time is at the discretion of the judge.

Their harvesting methods and tools were so harsh that the abalone died, he said.

-Kathe Tanner

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