Man arrested with 130 fish at estuary

2015-07-21 06:00

A man has been arrested for illegally fishing at the Zandvlei estuary.

City of Cape Town officials seized illegal gill nets at the estuary and arrested the suspect for the illegal possession of gill nets and undersized fish.

The suspect, who had gained illegal access to the Zandvlei caravan park the previous evening, was found in possession of three illegal gill nets, which when combined reached over 150 metres in length. Unfortunately, the suspect had netted 126 mullet, three garrick (leervis) and one undersized white steenbras.

The nets, along with a fishing canoe and various other fishing implements used in the commission of the offence, were seized, says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning. “Illegal netting in the Zandvlei estuary has been an ongoing problem and the City would like to thank Mountain Men security for their diligent work in apprehending the suspect and alerting the authorities.”

Gill netting is not only illegal, but extremely destructive, Van der Merwe says. Being in possession of a gill net is an offence in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act. “We urge members of the public to please report illegal fishing activities to the City’s marine law enforcement unit on 021 596 1999 so that together we are able to protect our natural resources.”

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