Abalone Poacher Fined, Losing Fishing Privileges

As expected, 55-year-old commercial urchin diver Robert Laumer received a stiff punishment last month after being convicted of illegally harvesting abalone from the Channel Islands, the first Southern California abalone poaching case in 15 years. On April 18, Laumer — who was caught in Santa Barbara Harbor with the three red abalone shells and four live abalone the day before Thanksgiving in 2012 — was put on three years probation, fined $15,000, and had both commercial and recreational fishing licenses revoked for life. Fishing for abalone south of San Fransciso was banned in 1997.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Dyer Returns as Interim Fire Chief

When Eric Peterson steps down, Mike Dyer will fill in for County Fire.

Santa Barbara Bodybuilder Wins Mr. Olympia Competition

At 43, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden ties for the oldest champ in the contest's history.

Renovated Cabrillo Ball Park Now Open

The park got new exercise equipment, multi-use grass turf areas, and an upgraded softball field.

UCSB Researcher Charged with Molesting Child on Campus

Dr. Hongjun Zhou was arrested September 6.

Teen Serial Robber Caught and Confesses

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tipster.