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South Africa Holds 10 Foreign Vessels On Poaching

Anti-poaching interventions in South Africa are expected to have led to the decline of illegal fishing activities in the country since October this year. The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has welcomed the actions.

 

The Committee said that the seizure of nearly 10 foreign fishing vessels and more than 160 tons of fish highlighted the need for an immediate call for more investment and resources in anti-poaching interventions in an effort to protect and preserve marine resources in South Africa.

It was noted by the Committee that the majority of fish seized from suspected vessels was tuna and the ships had illegally changed their names.

Lulu Johnson, Committee Chairperson, said: “As the committee, we equate all these illegal fishing activities by a strong coalition of both local and foreign fishers to an act of terrorism, and have no reservations in the anti-poaching interventions by the department in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.”