Four poaching suspects have been arrested in Olifantsbos, the Southern Section of Table Mountain National Park(TMNP) for being in the possession of West Coast Rock Lobsters. According to a statement by TMNP, the marine unit acted on information received that a vessel has been dropping nets in the Olifantsbos’ restricted zone.
“The Marine unit and Southern Section staff launched, with the assistance of City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Officer to investigate the complaint. Upon arrival, the team found the vessel and the nets in the restricted zone and apprehended the vessel as it attempted to escape in Olifantsbos,” The statement read.
The suspects were then detained and will face charges relating to fishing in a restricted zone and being in possession of West Coast Rock Lobster without a permit. Fourteen West Coast Rock, twenty-six West Coast Rock Lobsters in Berry, and sixteen undersized West Coast Rock Lobsters. The exhibits were also confiscated along with six ring nets and one rubber duck with a 150HP motor.
TMNP Park Manager Frans van Rooyen later thanked the Marine team, Rangers, and the City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Unit for the successful joint operation and for protecting the marine resources.