Coast KZN

03 Jun 2019

Fishing accused back in court

Conelia Harry (Zululand Observer) Picture: Part of the fishing haul confiscated on Wednesday

THE case involving an angler caught with a massive haul of fish over the legal limit will be back in court on 20 June after the matter was postponed in the Richards Bay Magistrates Court for further investigation.

The accused was arrested on 5 May with another fisherman after their boat was inspected near Tuzi Gazi and found with 77 fish , of which 51 were over the limit and undersized.

The North Coast Anti -poaching Group (NCAP) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) were instrumental in the seizure and the arrests.

Efforts by NCAP continue to reap results as the volunteers last week recovered 4km of illegal gill nets in the canal.

DAFF was notified and confiscated the nets and fish. They released 42 juvenile grunter, 7 grunter above 3kg, 22 snotties, 45 bull mullets, 11 mud crabs, 1 jelly fish and 21 razor belly fish.

Unfortunately, they found a number of dead fish. These included 93 bull mullet, 18 razor bellies, 15 snotties and one grunter.