The abalone diving season is off to a deadly start, with the latest death of a man trapped by rising tide along the Mendocino County coast Tuesday.
Authorities in Mendocino County say an abalone diver died when he fell from a steep cliff after a dive, less than a week after the abalone season’s first fatality was reported.
Fish and Game officials said reports of dead abalone and a variety of invertebrates have come from Bodega Bay, Russian Gulch, Fort Ross, Timber Cove and Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County.
A Petaluma abalone poacher last week was sentenced to 90 days’ work release and fined $15,000 for selling the mollusks to a restaurant owner.
A Santa Rosa man Friday morning became the second abalone diver in two days to die while harvesting the mollusks on the Sonoma Coast.
Two San Francisco men are facing charges after state wildlife officials say they were caught poaching abalone, including one man who was allegedly caught three times.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies say a local surfer and an abalone diver died in the ocean over the weekend.