| 65 suspected abalone poachers arrested in Cape Town

  • SANParks says the suspected poachers were arrested on Thursday night time.
  • The arrests are as a result of joint efforts by the police, City of Cape Town law enforcement and Desk Mountain Nationwide Park. 
  • SANParks says 88 suspected poachers were arrested to this level. 

SANParks says 65 suspected abalone poachers were arrested within the Cape of Lawful Hope a part of the Desk Mountain Nationwide Park (TMNP) on Thursday night time.

The arrests followed a joint operation between TMNP rangers, the police and City of Cape Town law enforcement, talked about park supervisor Frans van Rooyen. 

He added other than the 65 arrested on Thursday, other joint operations conducted in January and February resulted within the arrests of 23 suspected poachers, bringing the likelihood of arrests to 88 to this level. 

In line with Van Rooyen, on 14 January 2021, one poaching rubber duck changed into once confiscated and booked in with the police and a case of poaching changed into once opened.

SANParks in a commentary on Friday talked about groups had been conducting day after day sea patrols within the marine safe areas of the TMNP to fight against poaching that threatens marine sources.

It added a 2nd arrest changed into once made on 29 January following a a hit joint operation conducted by the groups in Kommetjie.

This resulted in five suspects being arrested and detained by the police in Ocean Look for being in possession of 18 shucked abalone, one total abalone, three West Skim rock lobsters, and one West Skim rock lobster tail.

On 3 February four suspects were arrested for being in possession of 730 West Skim rock lobster tails and a ski boat. All confiscated items were booked in with the police and a case of poaching has been opened.

“We actually admire the support and toughen we’re getting from the City of Cape Town Marine Regulation Enforcement Unit and SAPS.

“Sharing of sources amongst law enforcement companies is of paramount importance in tackling poaching, extra especially in identified poaching hotspots areas. Working together we can function extra,” talked about Van Rooyen.

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