Seven arrested for abalone poaching

2010-11-12 07:34

Seven men have been arrested for allegedly intending to poach abalone near Robben Island, Western Cape police said today.

“During the early hours of this morning a police patrol vessel... spotted a rubber duck occupied by a group of males in the waters within one nautical mile surrounding Robben Island – an area known for abalone poaching,” said Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.

The vessel was approached and after a brief chase the men were arrested in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.

“They hadn’t actually poached any abalone yet, they were planning to but we [the police] were too fast.”

In terms of the act they can be charge for being in a listed area and in possession of items prohibited in that area.

The men’s equipment including the rubber duck and diving gear was confiscated.

The group will also face charges of operating a vessel without a skipper’s license and non-compliance with safety regulations.

Traut says the men will appear in court soon.

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