Crayfish crook caught again

2009-11-10 00:00

A DURBAN man who was convicted for the second time on charges arising from the illegal possession of crayfish has been sentenced to a fine of R10 000 or 10 months’ imprisonment by a magistrate in Port Shepstone.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesman Jeff Gaisford said David “Clive” Kenton (63) of Bluff Road in Durban made headlines in 2003 when he was arrested in Pretoria with nearly 250 kilograms of illegal crayfish and was sentenced at that time to a fine of R60 000 or two years’ imprisonment.

In the latest incident, Gaisford said, EKZNW fishery control officers approached Kenton and two companions at Banana Beach on September 1. Kenton made a dash for the sea while the officials were inspecting the bags of his two diving companions and was seen to empty the contents of his bag into the water.

He was subsequently charged with obstructing a fishery control officer in the course of his duties, and pleaded guilty on November 2 before magistrate Karen Scheepers in Port Shepstone.

His two companions paid fines for being over the bag limit of East Coast rock lobster.

EKZNW meanwhile issued a reminder to the public that the closed season for East Coast rock lobster began on November 1, after which it is illegal to catch and keep or to possess them.

The admission of guilt fines for marine offences have been increased in most courts in KZN, with the fines in respect of East Coast rock lobsters being increased to R500 per offence.

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