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CT officials bust 'huge' lobster poaching operation

On Wednesday, officers grew suspicious after spotting several boats heading out to sea.

Lobster. Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town's law enforcement marine unit has bust what it's described as a “huge” lobster poaching operation.

On Wednesday, officers grew suspicious after spotting several boats heading out to sea.

Upon further investigation they came across 40 nets and spotted a boat heading towards Hout Bay, but officials couldn't catch up.

Despite making no arrests, officials pulled out a number of poaching nets and threw back hundreds of lobster.

In a separate incident on Sunday morning authorities disrupted an abalone poaching syndicate in the Melkbosstrand area.

The City of Cape Town’s Wayne Dyason explains: “As the officers approached the divers, they retreated back into the water and disappeared. They left behind 205 units of abalone which was handed to SAPS.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)