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Abalone worth R950 000 found


Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Western Cape: The SAPS is resolute in the fight against criminals who are depleting our marine resources.

Yesterday police received information about possible poaching at Robben Island.  A joint operation was conducted by the SAPS Cape Town Sea Border Unit, the Special Task Force and DAFF. A vessel was spotted entering Hout Bay Harbour this morning about 04:00, without any navigational lights.  The poaching vessel spotted the law enforcement vessels and sped off into Hout Bay harbour.  The crew and divers on board the vessel evaded arrest by jumping off onto the quayside and disappeared among the factories.

The vessel was left abandoned next to the quayside with motors still running.  It was inspected and found to be carrying multiple bags of abalone, as well as various diving equipment.  The vessel was seized and taken to Cape Town harbour for further investigation. A total of 2858 units of abalone, nine (9) West Coast rock lobsters and other equipment were seized.

The estimated street value of the abalone alone is R950 000. No arrests have been made yet.

Media enquiries: Constable Noloyiso Rwexana 0716048321


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