Alleged fish poacher netted in Cape Town

2015-07-15 12:54
Zandvlei Estuary in Muizenberg, near Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Zandvlei Estuary in Muizenberg, near Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A man arrested on allegations of illegal fishing in the Zandlvei estuary in Cape Town is due to appear in court following his release on bail.

The man was arrested on July 10 after he was allegedly found in possession of a large haul of illegally caught fish and illegal equipment.

The suspect was nabbed by officials from the Environmental Resource Management Department and the City of Cape Town’s Marine Law Enforcement Unit, along with Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department employees.

Three gill nets, a fishing canoe and other fishing gear were seized by officials. The combined length of the nets was more than 150 metres, the city said.

Illegal netting “can be extremely destructive” for wildlife, said Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

Illegal fishing and poaching in the estuary has been an ongoing problem for officials, Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith told News24.

“The abuse of the wetlands is particularly problematic and they are under huge pressure from poachers. The area is not easy to police,” said Smith.

The city, police officials and National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila were unable to say when the man would appear in court again.

 

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