The 12 penguins released by SANCCOB at Simon’s Town beach over the weekend made headlines this week. The birds have been in SANCCOB’s care for the last six to eight weeks for rehabilitation, most suffering from shark or seal bites or general malnutrition.
Only two percent of these penguins still live in the wild.
Over 500 people streamed down to the beach to witness the penguins’ release.
Abalone rights holders made headlines this week amid an outcry over a proposal by the department of fisheries to implement a new catch limit. The department would like to see the limit altered from the 96 tons of last year to just 43 tons.
Industry representative for the Cape Town area, Andre Cimma, described the proposal as diabolical. “This is clearly a joke, 43 tons is not commercially sustainable.”
The feeling among industry representatives is that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is punishing the legal industry for their own inability to control the ever increasing levels of abalone poaching, which has obviously had a serious impact on abalone stocks.