Perlemoen poachers bust at Robben Island
Cape Town - Three men have been arrested near Robben Island, in Cape Town, with perlemoen (abalone) with a street value of about R45 000, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Cape Times reported that the men, from Hout Bay, were caught in a stake-out by the police and the fisheries department early on Monday.
They saw a rubber dinghy with its lights off near the island. As they approached it, the men apparently started dumping bags into the sea.
Police found four perlemoen on the boat and a bag of 42 perlemoen in the water.
Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper the men, aged 20 to 33, were arrested on eight charges, including possession of perlemoen, destroying evidence under the Marine Living Resources Act, and possession of prohibited gear in a listed area.
Their boat was also confiscated. It had no safety and skipper certificates, navigational lights or safety equipment.