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Tons of perlemoen seized in W Cape

2012-07-26 22:19

Johannesburg - More than three tons of perlemoen have been seized in an anti-poaching drive in the Western Cape, an official said on Thursday.

Fisheries spokesperson Lionel Adendorf said officials had been working in partnership with police to arrest seven men since last Wednesday.

Police impounded 26 429 units or 3.2 tons of perlemoen.

Adendorf said the campaign was continuing.

On Thursday morning, a Chinese national was arrested in Milnerton, Cape Town, for possession of perlemoen.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said a house in Sunset Beach was raided at about 01:00, where "a huge amount" of perlemoen worth about R12m was found.

But the department said when it received the consignment of 5 152 units of perlemoen, the value seemed to be considerably less.

"From what we have seen - the quality of it and the number of abalone - we do not think it is even close to a million [rands]," Adendorf said.

Details on the arrests of the other men were not immediately available, but they were arrested on different days since last week Wednesday.

Comments
  • tommo.too - 2012-07-27 02:22

    What is perlemoen????

      Ricardi Louw - 2012-07-27 02:44

      I think the english word is abalone?? Really tasty sea food. Very rare and expensive because of these idiot poachers.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-27 05:00

    No suprise the Chinese Mafia is involved. You know the Chinese buddies that love Africa and are protected by special relatioships. We will be recolonised if we are not careful.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-27 07:33

    In generations to come - all the extinct animals and fish are going to be laid at one door - the FAR East (China,Vietnam & Japan) - do you think it will be possible to get them in front of "the Hague" and charge them with crimes against humanity. Just a thought! Please go ahead and scream shout and abuse me. Today i can take it.

  • binarycape - 2012-07-27 12:23

    Sounds like a sizeable chunk of the loot disappeared en route from confiscation to point of receipt by the authorities maybe? What I do want to know is what happens to all this perlemoen once confiscated? We live here in the Cape but you cannot buy perlemoen for love nor money from any fish shop or harbour fish shop like you used to be able to. None of this stuff makes its way back to the residents of this country, not even canned. I think it should be. Once the evidence is all logged the perlemoen should be sold on the open market, to readily identifiable companies and people, to raise funds for the anti-poaching units to continue and purchase equipment. At least then the people of SA would get to be able to buy it again or eat it in a restaurant, and it would not go to waste. [I expect some gets to peeps anyway, I mean, walks...]

  • Sunday23 - 2013-03-21 11:49

    Eet die goet man en vir wie hou ons dit dis net seker mense wat dit eet en meeste daar van word uit die land gesmokkel.

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