Suspected crab poachers pinched in Half Moon Bay 

click to enlarge Dungeness crabs
  • George Nikitin/2004 AP file photo
  • Two Sunnyvale men were cited for crabbing out of season Monday in Half Moon Bay.

Two men were cited within an hour of each other in unincorporated Half Moon Bay on Monday for allegedly crabbing out of season, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Leonardo Hernandez-Calzada, 47, and Marin Corona-Ramos, 30, both of Sunnyvale, were reportedly observed by deputies holding bags with Dungeness crabs around the area of Cabrillo Highway and Tunitas Creek Road.

Herenandez-Calzada was reportedly seen by a deputy about 9:46 p.m. walking around in the surf with a flashlight, which is common practice for crab poachers, sheriff's deputies said. He had in his possession a bag containing crabs. He was cited and released on a promise to appear in court.

Corona-Ramos was reportedly seen by deputies climbing over a beach blufftop about 10:25 p.m. with several other men carrying bags and flashlights, wearing wet and sandy clothes, deputies said. Corona-Ramos reportedly admitted to having crabs in his bag and was cited and released.

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