Weekly Press Review – 1 February 2013

In a follow up to last week’s news regarding fishing in the Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area; four fishermen were arrested this week for failing to heed warnings issued by fisheries control officers and appeared in the Caledon Magistrates Court on Monday.

In an operation conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), two other fishermen made the news when they were issued with both written and verbal warnings regarding fishing in the area.

Despite sending letters to local fishermen, it would seem that DAFF is still struggling to get the message across – or the message is simply being ignored.

The SA Agulhas is back in the news after docking alongside the ice in the Antarctic. Ranulph Fiennes, known as the greatest living explorer, has had nothing but praise for the cadets aboard the vessel. The journey’s co-leader, Anton Bowring also offered praise, saying, “They are extremely helpful, hard-working and friendly. We think of the cadets and all of the crew as members of our exhibition. They have all contributed greatly to the success of our project so far.”

The perlemoen poaching epidemic has moved closer to home this week, with reports of poachers operating off the coast of Sea Point.

Shaheen Moolla, Chief Executive of Feike has been quoted as saying, “Inevitably, because abalone is increasingly hard to find in the Overstrand, people are coming round the mountain to poach.” Police spokesman, Frederick van Wyk said that vehicle, vessel and foot patrols had been increased in the area and that investigations into poaching in the area were ongoing and at a sensitive stage.

The authorities in the area definitely have their work cut out for them.

The French frigate FS Nivose docked at the V&A Waterfront this week for a four-day replenishment stop and invited media onboard. The vessel is a 3,000 ton warship operating as a surveillance frigate specialsing in counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

Commanding Officer of the vessel, Captain Samuel Majou said that international anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia were achieving their goal of decreasing pirate attacks on commercial vessels.

Although it is sad that our oceans have to be policed to this degree, it must offer great peace of mind to those passing through this very busy corridor.


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