Abalone three in court again

  • Wed Jan 24th, 2007 4:00pm
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The three men charged in connection with illegally harvesting thousands of abalone have still not entered a plea in court.
They were in provincial court in Prince Rupert again Jan. 22, but the hearing was adjourned until Feb. 12, close to a year since the poaching incident is alleged.
Daniel and Stan McNeill along with Randall Graff of Skidegate were charged with two counts under the Fisheries Act and one count under the Species at Risk Act after Fisheries officials completed an elaborate sting operation last February.
The three men were arrested last February 20 near Port Edward. Also seized was a truck load of northern abalone, a species that has been declared threatened since 1999. The fishery has been closed since 1990.