Four bust for abalone

Some of the abalone that cops seized at Table Bay Harbour.

A large shipment of abalone destined for export was seized in Table Bay Harbour on Friday February 10.

The arrest of four men for illegal possession of R8 million worth of abalone at two warehouses last week (“Abalone smugglers bust,” Tabletalk, February 8) led detectives and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) officials to Table Bay Harbour where they discovered a container filled with dried and frozen abalone.

In a statement, police said the entire value of the shipment was estimated at R30 million.

No arrests were made, but police said the seizure was “a major blow to the illegal abalone trade and a step closer in breaking the back of a syndicate who is responsible for the export of our marine resources”.