Thank you for the superb article on the plight of red abalone along the Northern California Coast. (HCN, 6/11/12, "Gastropodan Crimes"). Growing up in Crockett, in the San Francisco Bay Area's East Bay, my brother and I spent more than a few days of our youth out in that frigid, four-foot-visibility water, being knocked around by the surge, searching for the mythical 10-inch ab. We both ended up finding one over the years of diving, along with many seven-to-eight inchers. I hope your article will bring exposure to the illegal poaching, and help maintain a sustainable abalone fishery.