GOLD BEACH - An investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division's Special Investigations Unit led to the conviction and sentencing of two Gold Beach-area men for unlawful taking flat abalone along the southern Oregon Coast.

One of the men convicted, Kevin Lee Hiersche, 51, was the only person in Oregon to be issued a permit by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to harvest wild flat abalone. He was also the only person legally allowed to commercially harvest wild abalone along the West Coast.

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