The figures presented at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Abalone Indaba, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Wednesday painted a grim picture for the industry.
It looks like the efforts put in place to curb abalone poaching for the past seven years have not produced positive results.
The current figures show that the number of poached abalone has rocketed over the past seven years. It is reported that abalone poaching costs an estimated R1 billion annually.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham on Thursday spoke to Jessica Greenstone of World Wide Fund South Africa (WWF).
Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show:
I think it is accurate to say that the current approach, the current system is broken and something more and different needs to be done.— World Wide Fund South Africa
The population of this abalone is just going down; the illegal catch is ten times more than the legal catch— World Wide Fund South Africa
The Indaba was heartening. We had top leaders from the Department making commitments... but frankly we need work-plans and timelines.— World Wide Fund South Africa