WC authorities seek plan to deal with abalone poaching

This follows reports indicating abalone poaching is escalating in parts of the province.

Poached abalone. Picture: @SAPoliceService.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape legislature's standing committee on agriculture has called on marine conservation authorities to provide a proper plan of action to deal with abalone poaching in the province.

The committee met with officials and experts yesterday. It has suggested that a holistic approach be adopted to deal with underlying issues fuelling poaching, such as unemployment.

This follows reports indicating abalone poaching is escalating in parts of the province.

Committee chairperson Beverely Schafer says: "Abalone poaching does not assist any of our communities now that it's being operated by large syndicates. It has led to massive dysfunction in communities, in terms of social ills, drugs and crime."