Cape Town: On Thursday, 06 April 2023, TMNP Marine rangers together with the City of Cape Town Marine Law Enforcement and the SANParks Environment Crime Investigation (ECI) unit conducted a joint anti- poaching operation that lasted 15 hours in the Marine Protected Area’s of Table Mountain National Park resulting in the arrest of six suspects.
A total of eight commercial lobster trawlers were inspected in the area of olifantsbos in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park and one vessel was seized for the illegal possession of 1382 rock lobster tails and 112 illegal fish.
All confiscated items were booked with the South African Police Services in Simon’s Town and a case of poaching was opened.
According to Megan Taplin- TMNP Park Manager, “South African National Parks views marine poaching in a serious light. These types of operations allow us to gather much needed intelligence to devise a plan to combat environmental crime within our MPA’s. Well done to the rangers and assisting law enforcement agencies on the successful operation.” said, Megan Taplin – TMNP Park Manager.
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