Eight ar­rested on per­lemoen poach­ing charges

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SARAH MARCH­MONT

PO­LICE have ar­rested eight peo­ple in two per­lemoen poach­ing in­ci­dents in the past few days.

Yes­ter­day po­lice ar­rested seven sus­pects for per­lemoen, or abalone, poach­ing be­tween Robben Is­land and Sea Point.

Around 3.30am yes­ter­day po­lice pa­trolling the area saw a boat mov­ing with­out nav­i­ga­tional lights, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment.

The boat tried to speed off, but po­lice chased it and forced it to stop, ac­cord­ing to War­rant Of­fi­cer Novem­ber Fi­lan­der.

As po­lice ap­proached, one of the sus­pects emp­tied a bag into the ocean.

“They sus­pect it was abalone,” Fi­lan­der said, but they had not been able to re­trieve it.

Po­lice ar­rested seven men in div­ing suits and found four per­lemoen on the boat’s deck.

Back at the Cape Town Har­bour, one of the sus­pects was also found to have dagga on him.

The sus­pects, from Hout Bay, ranged in age from 22 to 42 and will soon ap­pear in the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of pos­ses­sion of per­lemoen with­out a per­mit, pos­ses­sion of dagga, fish­ing in a ma­rine pro­tected area, hav­ing too many peo­ple aboard a ves­sel and op­er­at­ing a ves­sel with­out a nav­i­ga­tional light.

Fi­lan­der said they would ap­pear in court on Mon­day.

Ear­lier this week, Cape Town law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers ar­rested a man in Sea Point for be­ing il­le­gally in pos­ses­sion of 138 per­lemoen, ac­cord­ing to the City of Cape Town.

On Wed­nes­day af­ter noon of­fi­cers caught a 40-year-old man at Bro­ken Baths Beach and brought him to the Sea Point Po­lice Sta­tion, where he will be kept un­til his court date.

The of­fi­cers gave the re­cov­ered per­lemoen to the Sea Point po­lice.

“Sea Point is a ma­rine re­serve and of­fend­ers who wish to har­vest ma­rine life il­le­gally will pay the price in court,” said Gavin Greeve, lawen­force­ment area west as­sis­tant chief, in a state­ment.

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