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Two members of abalone poaching syndicate arrested in Gqeberha

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Two key abalone poaching syndicate members were arrested on Friday 6 May in a joint operation between South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime...

Customs seizes abalone worth R1.6 million at Lebombo border

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The South African Revenue Service’s Customs has seized dried abalone worth R1.6 million, which was hidden in a trailer of a taxi at the...

SANDF fighting abalone poaching in the Overstrand

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed to the Overstrand region of the Western Cape to combat poaching and related crime in...

Confiscated abalone numbers drop as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions bite

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The amount of poached abalone confiscated by South African authorities dropped from 66 tons in 2018 to 13 tons in 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions...

SANDF, law enforcement confiscate R5 million worth of abalone in combined...

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A multi-disciplinary task team consisting of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), SA Police Service and other law enforcement players last weekend carried...

Secret Chinese criminal societies make millions poaching abalone

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A net full of abalone isn’t much to behold. Their gray shells are covered with algae, and when cracked open they reveal a sea...

SANDF enforcing maritime security, combating poaching in the Overstrand

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has from the middle of January deployed to the Overstrand region of the Western Cape to deter...

Police strike in battle against wildlife crime

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The forces of law and order have come out tops in two recent skirmishes with the wildlife poaching fraternity as the battle against those...

Law enforcement lays down a marker against maritime poaching

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The fight against poaching of maritime resources, including abalone, focussed on Western Cape's Overberg region last month with the arrest of 20 suspects and...

ISS: Can the illegal abalone trade be stopped?

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Corruption is one of the primary enablers of wildlife crime as it prevents the problem from being effectively tackled. This was revealed...

Abalone poaching at epidemic levels

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Over the past 18 years, poachers have stripped South African coastal waters of at least 96 million individual abalone. Efforts to curb the...

Rhino poaching lessons to be applied to abalone

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has enlisted the assistance of his Cabinet colleague tasked with overseeing environmental matters in efforts...

Fisheries control officers nab abalone poachers

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Fisheries control officers from the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) arrested more than forty suspected poachers of marine living resources...

DAFF clamps down on illicit trade of marine resources

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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has reiterated its call to all communities to work together to curb poaching and...

Zuma fingered in abalone bribery case

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The Hawks are investigating an alleged R1 million bribe paid to former President Jacob Zuma by an abalone dealer in the Western...

Hefty sentences for abalone smugglers

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The Hawks in the Western Cape have welcomed the hefty sentences imposed on five suspects who operated an illegal abalone enterprise. The members...

Marine inspectors, abalone syndicate in the dock

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Nine marine inspectors from the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have appeared at the Hermanus Magistrate‘s Court for alleged involvement...

Opinion: Want to curb abalone poaching? Treat the cause

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A drone video published on Facebook on 21 February reveals, in remarkable detail, the coordinated effort behind an abalone poaching operation in...

Abalone worth R2.37 million seized at Durban port

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An operation by the Hawks and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has led to the seizure of 1.6 tonnes of abalone...

R30 million poached abalone confiscated in W Cape

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Joint efforts between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), SAPS and custom officials have led to the confiscation of R30...

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