Thursday, March 22, 2012

We Back the Fisheries Department

Feike backs the fisheries department's interventions yesterday in Hout Bay and we deplore the unlawful attacks on members of the Special Investigations Unit who attempted to arrest abalone poachers.

We have recently wrote about how Hout Bay harbour has become a thoroughfare for illegal goods including the free passage of illegally harvested lobsters and abalone. Feike has been passing on information we receive about the landing of illegal abalone and lobsters in Hout Bay harbour, and particularly at the repair jetty, to the fisheries department.

The action of fisheries control officers to stamp out this illegal trade must be supported. The conduct of certain elements of the Hangberg community to "protect" poachers must be condemned.

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