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Media Release: Glencairn restaurateur arrested for illegal possession of marine stocks

Date: 17th June 2009

A routine anti-poaching operation by the marine team of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and Marine Coastal Management (MCM) led to the arrest of the owners of Sushiyama restaurant late in the afternoon of Monday, 15 June 2009.

A routine anti-poaching operation by the marine team of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and Marine Coastal Management (MCM) led to the arrest of the owners of Sushiyama restaurant late in the afternoon of Monday, 15 June 2009.

The marine rangers had set up observation posts in the area and upon noticing a suspect walking into Sushiyama, with a bag in his possession, went into the establishment and conducted a restaurant survey. This led to the discovery of a locked backroom in the restaurant. Four 2.5m long chest freezers containing the following species were found:

  • 1 004 undersized West Coast rock lobster
  • 28 abalone
  • 3 small bags of abalone
  • 127 salmon
  • 1 bag of mixed marine species
  • 7 kingklip

The owners, a man and a woman, could not produce proof of purchase for any of the above items.

The owners and the suspect were taken to Simonstown police station. The four chest freezers and the motor bike, belonging to the one of the suspects, were confiscated.

The suspects were charged with being in possession of undersized West Coast rock lobster, illegal possession of a marine protected species. The third suspect was charged with illegal selling of a marine protected area.

The three suspects are expected to appear in court on Wednesday, 17 June 2009.

Inquiries:
Phumeza Mgxashe, Communications Manager, Table Mountain National Park, Tel: (021) 701 8692, Cell: 083 480 1522, e-mail: phumezam@sanparks.org

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