Perlemoen poachers bust at Robben Island

2012-04-03 10:33

Cape Town - Three men have been arrested near Robben Island, in Cape Town, with perlemoen (abalone) with a street value of about R45 000, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that the men, from Hout Bay, were caught in a stake-out by the police and the fisheries department early on Monday.

They saw a rubber dinghy with its lights off near the island. As they approached it, the men apparently started dumping bags into the sea.

Police found four perlemoen on the boat and a bag of 42 perlemoen in the water.

Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper the men, aged 20 to 33, were arrested on eight charges, including possession of perlemoen, destroying evidence under the Marine Living Resources Act, and possession of prohibited gear in a listed area.

Their boat was also confiscated. It had no safety and skipper certificates, navigational lights or safety equipment.

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 10:36

    Poach. Poach. Poach. This will never be erased as long as poaching yields such lucrative financial results. Can't perlemoen be farmed so that the market can be saturated with them?

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-03 11:12

      No - it probable won't taste the same, and the naturally occurring type will just be more desirable. Good suggestion, but....

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-03 11:26

      As far as know there are "perlemoen farms". I believe it is mostly gov. started projects and some of the share holders never saw a sea before they got rewarded with these projects. Therefore the "local" people feel that they have the right to poach....and off-cause there are plenty money into it.

      Peter - 2012-04-03 11:59

      Marion...there are 15 farms in South Africa producing in the region of 1500 tons per year. They are all privately owned and they also suffer when poached abalone floods the markets. I know, cause I manage 2 of the farms. We hate poachers just as much!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-03 10:45

    I wonder what the community leaders in Hout bay will say when they defended these thugs in last weeks police raid on them."there goes our bribes'

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-03 10:47

    Arrest ALL criminals...Thank you SAPS

  • Rob - 2012-04-03 11:05

    Good, as far as it goes. Now consider the criminals who would have bought the abalone from these guys, and maybe the upward chain through agents and exporters/shippers etc to the final market. Now consider how many and who is feeding off this value chain, including protection and look the other way. These guys must have missed a payment!

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-03 12:03

    They should be drowned!

  • EddyDeepfield - 2012-04-03 12:09

    What is a perlemoen. A pearl lemon? i thought it was an abalone in English. The author of this article should go back to school and learn to speak English if they want to contribute in English.

      Darren - 2012-04-03 12:12

      I hear you Eddy…but stop being a Gup

      Franklyn - 2012-04-03 16:17

      Get a life man every Saffa knows what a perlemoen is,this isnt english must be one of those blokes that calls a takkie a sneaker,or a bakkie a light delivery vehicle.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-04-03 12:21

    These bastards should get life.

  • Pierre - 2012-04-04 11:03

    I saw what I am convinced must be loot loading between Bakoven and Oudekraal on Monday morning 6:00 while cycling .... wish I had my phone with me to call the cops ....White Hunday or Kia pickup working in the dark - loading black crates onto the bakkie ... nice little beach to beach at low tide and drop off goodies ... what a sad state we live in!

  • Robert Sheasby - 2013-10-25 13:17

    Strip the oceans til there is nothing left then humans will be happy I guess!

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