Last week’s media coverage of abalone busts highlights that poaching is an ongoing problem in our waters. There was another small victory for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries along with the South African police department who raided a home in South Beach yesterday and discovered almost five tons of abalone with an estimated value of R12 million.
A 36-year-old Chinese national was arrested at the scene and another man is still at large. ‘This is probably the biggest bust for Milnerton police,’ said Capt Cyril Dicks.
Interestingly last week saw the cancellation of a scheduled conference on Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing in Cape Town, but did see the Mother City host a CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) workshop on the subject. This did, however, not make news headlines.
Adventurer, Mike Horn, received some media attention. After traveling for nearly two decades he has decided that he would like to share some of his skills, knowledge and expertise with a younger generation. To do this he invited anyone between the ages of 15 and 20 interested in joining him on his travels to apply to the Mike Horn Expedition Centre in Switzerland. He chose 16 individuals for each leg of the journey on the yacht, The Pangaea, and he and his 16 young adventurers from around the world have just arrived in Cape Town.
Each adventurer has been trained in survival, first aid, sailing, outdoor equipment and the latest advances in technology.
Congratulations to this group of young explorers on their accomplishment and to Mike for passing on his passion to a younger generation.