‘Drastic intervention needed to curb illegal abalone poaching’

An estimated 7 million abalone were poached in 2014 alone.

FILE. A 53-year-old Hermanus man was arrested after he was caught with abalone worth R1.2 million in Cape Town. Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says drastic intervention is needed to curb illegal abalone poaching.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries hosted an indaba earlier this week to discuss the issue.

An estimated seven million abalone were poached in 2014 alone.

The WWF's Jessica Greenstone has described it as a crisis.

"The current system is broken. Something more and different needs to be done. The illegal catch is greater than 10 times the legal catch."