Perlemoen poacher drowns

2012-10-26 00:02

Johannesburg - A perlemoen (abalone) poacher drowned when fisheries officers tried to arrest him off the coast of Hermanus on Thursday morning, the Western Cape fisheries department said.

Officers patrolling on jet-skis found three men diving for abalone near Breakfast Bay around 11:00 spokesperson Lionel Adendorf said in a statement.

One of the poachers swam for the shore while the other two made for deeper waters, about 80m from the shore. One of them got into trouble and lost consciousness. His friend tried to help him but gave up and also swam to safety.

The unconscious man was pulled from the water into an NSRI rescue craft. Paramedics tried, but failed, to revive him. The other two were arrested after they were found not to have diving permits. The bags they had with them were abandoned in the water.

In two other abalone busts, two people were arrested and about 8 600 perlemoen confiscated.

A man and woman were caught on the N2 near Grabouw around 06:00 on Thursday following a tip-off from a resident, Adendorf said. A total of 3 768 units of perlemoen were found in their BMW.

On Wednesday around 23:00 4 901 units of abalone were found in Nissan bakkie that was stopped in Blompark, Gansbaai. The driver ran away.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-10-26 06:56


  • leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-10-26 07:02

    In that report, 17 269 abalone were mentioned, excluding the ones abandoned. How long do you think this resource will last? The rape continues.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-26 07:49

      Yeah, this 'rape' of resources is akin to the Rhino poaching........anyway, *she says grinning wickedly* its a man thing. The horn and the poor 'pearlie' are supposed to work for virility....... Seriously, the returns on the perlemoen is enormous. One scalely oke asked me if I would refuse R1000 an hour with no employment here. I know, this is an excuse, but the temptations, like the Rhino poaching is a problem. A big one.

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-26 07:48

    good news

  • lmapheto - 2012-10-26 11:03

    NB: This comments does not include RHINO POACHERS (I am against it at all costs). Perlemoen poaching, illegal mining etc...if all this illegal and appalling acts were taking place in a country whose economy is doing well...then they should rot in jail...but now this acts take place in South Africa ( Canaan land of milk and honey for the chosen few) therefore poaching is done as an economic intervention to fight poverty, the blame should go to HIM who allows corruption to thrive and inequality to perpetuate...may the man rest in peace and all those illegal miners who risk their lives to ensure that they put food on the table for their families...i don’t expect the self righteous to understand...i for one...i can’t let my children go to bed hungry in my presence...

  • Deona Marais - 2012-10-26 12:15

    for all saying good news for the boy who has drowned, what if it was one of your family members? your child? would you stil say good news? you dont know anything about the boy or his family or what he had to go through, jobs are scarce and he decided to poach to provide for his family, stop pointing fingers make sure your hands are clean

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-26 13:53

      I repeat the above These people are not poaching out of need - they are poaching out of greed from above article "A total of 3 768 units of perlemoen were found in their BMW." YES I know it is a different incident - but the rules apply - YOU DO NOT POACH/STEAL/RAPE no excuses are accepted - If you poach in cape waters, you need a wetsuit(to prevent you freezing), flippers, masks etc - stuff that cost a lot of money - ie if you can afford to get hold of this kit you are not hungry. Some of these guys go in with SCUBA gear - adding an even higher input capital. Back in the late 80's we legally dived for perlemoen - you had your ring and a laminated permit with you. 5 per day per person was the law. You where only allowed to use a snorkel - no SCUBA kit. When the large scale poaching started - we as a group of friends decided to stop , even though we are legally entitled to do so with a permit. We don't even order it as a dish.

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-26 17:30

    Exactly Scouter. Veridean - its a crime. If it was your relative that had committed a crime, then surely you would have to shrug your shoulders and admit that he/she/it had it coming to them. What you're doing is "measuring the crime" - you know - a crustacean vs a person, a 'precious human'. No so precious as it turns out. Its a crime. Against all of us because we have a duty to protect nature and our natural heritage. I know we in SA struggle with this concept of crime, but destroying an irreplaceable part of that natural heritage by allowing poaching is criminal negligence.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-26 19:11

      Well said

  • toni.watson.169 - 2012-11-10 13:13

    Lekker hyt sy perlemoer gesien!

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