So why bring this up? These little guys are also photogenic and fun to find on dives. So here’s the etiquette point: if you post pictures of Abalone online, please DO NOT include information on where the photo was taken save for in the broadest of terms (i.e.: say “Vancouver Island” instead of something more accurate like “Deep Cove, near Victoria BC”), and avoid including them in photo sets with photos from the same dive that have specific place names. The reason being that poachers can and have used this information to collect them and sell them on the black market or through shady companies.
So let’s do our part and not give intelligence to poachers, and help the Northern Abalone recover!