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Media Release: SANParks Marine Rangers confiscate abalone and arrest suspect
During a joint operation between South African National Parks (SANParks) marine rangers from Addo Elephant National Park and Marine & Coastal Management (MCM), a male suspect was arrested after being found in possession of abalone on Wednesday night, 10 March 2010.
SANPark marine rangers received information that a well known abalone poaching syndicate would be dropping off abalone by boat at Swartkops River in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday evening. At 10.15pm a boat arrived and a bakkie was waiting for the poachers. SANParks marine rangers and MCM then went in to make the arrests. The boat sped away and the divers ran off and escaped.
A white Ford Courier bakkie was seized and a 23-year-old male arrested. A crate containing 8 waist dive bags was found on the bakkie, which contained 2 588 abalone, with an estimated value of R145 000. Two scales were also found on the bakkie and the abalone weighed in at 290 kg’s.
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Mandy Roets: Regional Marketing Manager, Addo Elephant National Park, SANParks, tel: (042) 233 8645, cell: 072 525 4615, email: firstname.lastname@example.org