Monday, December 15, 2008

Man arrested for illegal possession of Rock lobster

By Cindy Witten
15 December 2008


On Saturday afternoon, in a joint operation involving officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) a vehicle and 39 West Coast Rock Lobster tails were confiscated.

This after an inspector saw suspects fishing in canoes near Kommetjie. After a while, the suspects ran up to a vehicle where they put a bag on the back of a bakkie and drove off. The inspector immediately contacted the SAPS who followed the bakkie.

“What they found in the vehicle, in a secret compartment, was about 39 West Coast Rock lobster tails. Charges were brought against one man from Ocean View for illegal transportation of West Coast Rock lobster (not in the whole state) and also for illegal transportation and possession of West Coast Rock lobster within the necessary permit,” said DEAT’s Carol Moses.

She added that the man was expected to appear in Simons Town Magistrates court today.

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