Red Abalone

CDFW

Red abalone is the most sought after species of wildlife on California's black market. The world's last viable population resides on the state's north coast and poachers will risk their lives and jail time to harvest this edible mollusk from these frigid and choppy waters.  

Kevin Joe / CDFW

  Red abalone across the North Coast are clinging to life on the rocky reefs.  They are starving and dying in alarming numbers. In response, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the 2018 recreational abalone fishery from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Oregon border. Environmental scientist Cynthia Catton is working with a team of scientists on solutions.