Chinese national arrested for abalone

The man was nabbed during a police raid at his Table View home.

Abalone meat in South Africa is prohibited for sale to help reduce poaching. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN- A 46-year-old Chinese national was arrested on charges related to dealing in abalone.

The man was nabbed during a police raid at his Table View home on Sunday.

Law in South Africa prevents the sale of abalone meat to help reduce poaching.

However, much of the illegally harvested meat is sold in Asian countries.

The police's Frederick van Wyk says fishery department officials confiscated nearly 5,000 units of shucked abalone worth about R250million.

"Numerous items of equipment, including large stainless steel cooking pots, gas cylinders and plastic containers were seized."

In March, another Chinese national was arrested for both the possession of abalone and rhino horn.

The 32-year-old man was allegedly travelling to Durban when he was nabbed by an anti-smuggling team.

He was caught at Cape Town International Airport.