'Thousands' of lobsters caught illegally

2012-04-17 11:35

Cape Town - Over 12 000 illegally caught rock lobsters were seized between 2000 and 2009 but a researcher says the real number is probably much higher, it was reported on Tuesday.

According to Stellenbosch University researcher Gregg Brill the real figure is closer to about 25 000 lobsters every year in the Table Mountain National Park, amounting to 250 000 illegally caught lobsters in nine years, The Cape Times reported.

Brill interviewed 28 poachers and compared their numbers with official statistics.

Official statistics were incomplete because rangers failed to report offences, logbooks were lost or destroyed and pages missing.

He found it "alarming" that the number of undersized poached lobsters had increased ten-fold in the last decade, as lobsters were slow growing and took a long time to mature sexually.

According to the report, he said the informal trade was "exacerbated by government's failed attempts to collaborate fairly and with different fisher groups".

Most poached lobsters were seized at Hout Bay, Scarborough and Kommetjie.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-17 12:04

    As with the rhino poaching, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN !!!!!

      Jeffrey - 2012-04-17 12:15

      You beat me to it. What's with all the poaching?

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-17 12:21

      As with abalone, they are exported and sold abroad at a fortune.

      Greg - 2012-04-17 12:36

      Well said Deeteem, like the rhino, this is just another creature whose existence will eventually come to almost nothing, and at that point some kind of half-hearted attempt will be made to rescue the dying population!! People are savages!!

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-04-17 12:23

    you dont know what its like for the real people in cape town strugling to survive without no income and you do furter bull so you Gregg Brill tell the governmant to create jobs for these people while you live a good life keep doing your research people like you must go more in the rural areas to see what life realy is like

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-17 12:33

      Well they could channel the funds for these guys to protect them rather than poach them and find a balance between fishing and conservation while working with the researchers. Alternatively they'll just be fished out and everyone loses. Being poor doesn't give you moral and legal impunity.

      Elize - 2012-04-17 12:56

      @Revaro I moved from Jhb to Cape Town two years ago and I love it, but must say I have never ever in my life seen such a lazy buch of no goods in my life. I have tried to employ a gardener @R150.00 a day full time so that is R750.00 a week working from 8.30 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon the longest I have held on to someone was a week, easier to sit at home drink and use drugs while receiving an unemplyment grant from goverment!!

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-04-17 14:26

      Make less children, the world is already over populated. Oh forgot nobody practices birth control with Zuma around?

  • Rob - 2012-04-17 12:24

    Poaching, like other forms of antisocial behaviour, is nothing has been around since the first attempts to regulate anything. What appears to be very different is the scale being reported in SA. It certainly seems to reflect a different approach by individuals not seeing the value of natural resources AND a breakdown in respect for the rule of law. So, who/what do you think is to blame?

  • dirk.kruger - 2012-04-17 12:28

    I have not seen an inspector in 3 years! There are no policing! We saw poachers every day in Sand Bay area and not one inspector. Response to phone calls is bad!

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-04-17 12:45

    It is scary that this type of crime is seen as 'petty'.. even though over fishing, poaching etc has devastating irreversable effects on the environment which effects all races and income brackets.

  • James - 2012-04-17 13:13

    Multiply that by a couple and you will be close to the figure poached on the Wild Coast each year.

  • jbrandct - 2012-04-17 14:52

    I went diving on one of the last days of the season in a small area in Elands bay. I never saw so much lobster in my life. Every rock literally had hundreds of lobster hiding under them, there must have been close to a million lobsters in that little bay. I reckon there are billions on the west coast. The numbers they mention in this article will have no impact on the population.

  • Ivan - 2012-04-17 20:11

    when red tide occurs on the West Coast, then tons of lobsters walk out of the sea. I guess that there must be an abundance of lobsters in the Ocean

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