Perly poachers abandon their catch at Hout Bay harbour

2016-05-13 13:15

Cape Town – Suspected poachers jumped off their vessel at Hout Bay harbour to evade police, but left a large amount of abalone (perlemoen) behind, Western Cape police said on Friday.

Police received a tip-off about possible poaching at Robben Island on Thursday and set up a joint operation, said Constable Noloyiso Rwexana.

A vessel was spotted entering the harbour without navigational lights around 04:00.

The police sea border unit, together with the special task force and fisheries department officials, kicked into action and chased after the boat.

“The crew and divers on board the vessel evaded arrest by jumping off onto the quayside and disappeared among the factories,” said Rwexana.

“The vessel was left abandoned next to the quayside with motors still running.”

Inside the boat was 2 858 units of abalone with an estimated street value of R950 000. 

Nine West Coast rock lobsters and diving equipment were also seized.

Rwexana said no arrests had yet been made.


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