Marine rangers from Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in partnership with Cape Town metro’s marine law enforcement unit conducted a joint sea patrol operation in the Cape of Good Hope Section of the park with 13 poachers arrested in separate operations.
One of the first, on 14 January, saw a rubber duck used by suspected poachers confiscated and handed to police with a case of poaching opened.
The teams conducted daily sea patrols in the marine protected areas of TMNP against poaching threatens the marine resource component of the park which includes the fynbos ecosystem.
A second arrest was made on 29 January after a joint operation by teams in Kommetjie. This saw five suspects arrested and detained for being in possession of 18 shucked abalone, a whole abalone, three West Coast rock lobsters and a West Coast rock lobster tail.
A third arrest was made on 3 February with suspects arrested in possession of 730 West Coast rock lobster tails and a ski boat. All confiscated goods were handed to police and a case of poaching opened.
“We appreciate the assistance and support of the City of Cape Town Marine Law Enforcement Unit. Sharing resources among law enforcement agencies is paramount in tackling poaching, especially in identified hotspots. Working together we can achieve more,” Ezekiel Kosa, TMNP marine manager, said.