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Poaching brings abalone, rock lobster stocks to critical levels

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Cape Town – South Africa’s stocks of rock lobster and abalone have dropped to critically low levels, primarily due to poaching activities. 

Professor Doug Butterworth, a mathematician at the University of Cape Town who does research on abalone and rock lobster on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), told members of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament on Friday that West Coast rock lobster levels are currently at only 2% of what they used to be and that there had been a 20% drop in numbers in the past five years. 

READ: Lobster crash erodes West Coast way of life 

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