Next Dive Club Outing:
Sept 4 -6, Labor Day Weekend - Big Sur, Plasket Creek Camp Ground Group Site #1, Guest welcome cost will be divided within the group.
(DFG regs still apply and you still need an Ab Card)
Five new K-9 teams to join Fish and Game patrol
Five police service dogs and their warden handlers will graduate from the Department of Fish and Games (DFG) K-9 Academy July 17 in Riverside County. Following the commencement, DFG will have twenty K-9 teams deployed in counties throughout the state to help stop poaching and other criminal activities that harm California's diverse habitats, species, and resources.
From finding expended ammunition casings to abalone, fish, deer and suspects, these K-9 teams have added a new dimension to our efforts to enforce the law and protect our states natural resources, said DFG Law Enforcement Chief Nancy Foley.
The teams have been trained to detect scents including bear, deer, lobster, abalone and firearms. Additionally, all DFG dogs are trained to search vessels for Quagga and Zebra mussels, the small invasive fresh water mussels that could seriously threaten California environment and economy.
DFG police service dogs are also trained to locate people, protect officers and apprehend suspects, making them especially useful in rural patrol areas where wardens may have no backup.
The new teams add patrol coverage to Del Norte, Siskiyou, Humboldt, Trinity, Tulare', Kings, Fresno, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties, in addition to the other 35 counties where wardens already have K-9 support.
This is the fourth K-9 academy that DFG has operated since January 2008 and the first to be completed in Southern California.
DFGs K-9 Program is funded largely through
private donations; organizations, agencies and individuals can sponsor
or donate funds to support a K-9 unit. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/K9/index.aspx
From DFG Q & A's
Question: While wandering through a fair in Nevada last week I found a vendor selling seafood and abalone shells, and the shells still had the sport tags attached. I know that in California there is a law that makes selling abalone shells illegal, but do California laws hold up in another state? Is it legal to sell abalone shells in another state even though they were taken by someone with a California sport fishing license? (Paul R., Carmel)
Answer: Abalone and their shells taken under the authority of a sport fishing license may never be bought, sold, bartered or traded. Although California laws only apply when in California, transporting abalone (including the shells) and any other fish taken in California under the authority of a recreational fishing license across state lines for the purpose of sale is a violation of federal law. This federal law, the Lacey Act, can be enforced by any state wildlife officer who has been deputized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and most California game wardens are deputized.
The Lacey Act (U.S. Code Title 16, Chapter 53, Sections 3371-3378), passed by Congress in 1900, was the first federal law to address wildlife protection nationwide. It is a federal wildlife protection law that makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, buy, or possess fish, wildlife, or plants taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any federal, state, foreign, or Native American tribal law, treaty, or regulation. This law allows the federal government to help states, tribes, and countries around the world to safeguard their wildlife resources. In its original version, the Lacey Act supported efforts by the states to protect their game animals and birds. It prohibited the interstate shipment of wildlife killed in violation of state or territorial law.
Those who knowingly violate the Lacey Act face maximum penalties of up to five years in prison and fines as high as $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations. Civil penalties may run as high as $10,000. Those convicted of felony offenses under the Lacey Act may be required to forfeit vehicles, aircraft, vessels, or other equipment used to commit the crime in addition to any fish, wildlife, or plants involved.
Beluga Whale Saves Freediver
Freediver, Yang Yun, has a beluga whale to thank for saving her life during a free-diving competition contest at Polar Land in Harbin, north-east China. The divers were required to dive seven metres to the bottom of a Beluga whales' pool and to remain there as long as possible. However the arctic conditions of the pool paralyzed her legs with cramps as she attempted to return to the surface and she slowly started to sink again...
"I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me - I was dead, Yan said, Until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface." That force was Mila, a beluga whale who clamped his mouth around her legs and carefully returned her to the surface. An amazed photographer caught the action on film.
"Mila noticed the problem before we did, said one of the organizers, "She's a sensitive animal who works closely with humans and I think this girl owes her her life.