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Bad week for abalone poachers

The Fisheries Department has had its best week to date in its fight against abalone poaching.

Department of Fisheries and SAPS begin loading a truck with abalone processing equipment in Sunset Beach. Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department on Thursday said it had its best week to date in its fight against abalone poaching.

Over the past seven days, at least 26,000 units of abalone were confiscated and seven people arrested in the Cape alone.

On Thursday morning, police arrested a Chinese national in Milnerton where they found more than 4,000 units of perlemoen and 328 units of dry abalone.

The department's Lionel Adendorf said another suspect also appeared in court earlier in connection with a separate bust.

"Daniel Nieuwoudt appeared in the Hermanus Magistrate's Court after he was found in possession of 3,300 units of abalone on the R33."

He said police have had several victories in the crackdown.

"Two men escaped arrest, leaving behind 3,400 units of abalone."

On Thursday last week, over 10,000 units of wet abalone were confiscated and two men were arrested outside Stanford.

In a separate case, three men were arrested last week Wednesday with 4,315 units of wet shucked abalone in their possession.

They appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday.