Two men nab­bed for il­le­gal net­ting of fish

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

Lo­cal cri­me fig­h­ters and aut­ho­ri­ties te­a­med up last week to curb cri­me of an en­vi­ron­men­tal kind.

P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me Pre­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA) o­pe­ra­ti­ons he­ad Ot­to O­li­vier said on the e­ve­ning of 8 No­vem­ber, po­li­ce and ot­her cri­me fig­h­ters em­bar­ked on a cle­a­nup o­pe­ra­ti­on al­ong the Bi­tou River. “P­lett Ra­pid Re­spon­se mem­bers took up va­ri­ous sur­veil­lan­ce points ne­ar the N2 turn-off to Wit­te­drift fol­lo­wing va­ri­ous com­plaints a­bout sus­pi­ci­ous acti­vi­ty in the a­rea,” he said.

Sus­pects we­re spot­ted re­mo­ving nets and ap­pre­hen­ded on­ce t­hey set foot on sho­re.

P­let­ten­berg Bay po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Cap­tain Mar­le­ne Pie­ter­sen con­fir­med the ar­res­ts and said the two sus­pects would ap­pear in court t­his week.

All the sus­pects’ e­quip­ment we­re con­fis­ca­ted, she said.

O­li­vier said the Bi­tou River links to the Keur­booms River and feeds the Keur­booms Es­tu­a­ry. “The Bi­tou River and wet­land a­rea are part of the gre­a­ter Keur­booms Es­tu­a­ry Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve and falls un­der the pro­tecti­on of Ca­pe Na­tu­re. Net­ting for fish is to­tal­ly pro­hi­bi­ted on the river as the sen­si­ti­ve e­co­lo­gi­cal in­te­gri­ty of the Bi­tou and Keur­booms ri­vers are al­so the bree­ding ground of ma­ny fish spe­cies and a sa­fe ha­ven for se­a­horses.”

P­ho­tos: Sup­p­lied

A joint o­pe­ra­ti­on by va­ri­ous lo­cal aut­ho­ri­ties saw sus­pects ar­res­ted for il­le­gal net­ting of fish on the Bi­tou River. The sus­pects’ vehi­cle, bo­at and e­quip­ment we­re con­fis­ca­ted.

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