A joint operation between police, City of Cape City law enforcement models and Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) rangers netted 65 abalone poachers this week.
According to TMNP manager Frans van Rooyen, the poachers were bust on Thursday evening. Van Rooyen stated the groups hang been conducting on a typical foundation sea patrols in the marine protected areas of the nature reserve “to fight against poaching that threatens the marine resources”.
Two other joint operations in January and February resulted in 23 arrests. One rubber duck used to be confiscated in January.
“We in truth contend with the wait on and reinforce we are getting from the City of Cape City marine law enforcement unit and SAPS. Sharing of resources among law enforcement agencies is of paramount importance in tackling poaching, more seriously in identified poaching hotspots areas. Working together we are in a position to create more,” stated Van Rooyen.