File: The large sea snail, also known as Perlemoen, is coveted as a delicacy but it is also critical to the ecological health of coastal waters.
ANAJOHANNESBURG - A total of 2064 units of abalone worth close to R1-million was seized from a 45-year-old man on Wednesday.
Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said they were working tirelessly to close down syndicates who are stealing our maritime resources.
"This morning members from the Western Cape Flying squad conducting an intelligence driven operation, spotted a white Opel Corsa in De Wingerd Avenue, Burgundy Estate, they stopped it. Upon searching the vehicle, police discovered a false compartment between the back seat and built in speakers in the boot," Rwexana said.
"Further investigation led the police to the residence of the suspect where bags containing shucked abalone and four scales were found in a courtyard. In the bedroom numerous items of equipment generally used in illegal abalone processing facilities which includes, large steel cooking pots, gas cylinders and burners, fans, large plastic containers and bags of salt were found. A total of 2064 units of abalone were found worth an estimated street value of a million rand."
Rwexana said the man was arrested on charges under the Living Marine Resources Act and is expected to appear in Parow Magistrate's Court on Friday.