Eye Witness News Multimedia reporter Alleta Harrison went on a fact-finding journey and visited Hangberg in Hout Bay, a name often associated with poaching.
Harrison was on a mission to find out what is happening in coastal communities like Hout Bay and why poachers resort to illegal fishing.
She says the areas are poverty stricken with no work opportunities. The people living there feel that they have the right to the sea, because they grew up there and their forefathers were fishermen.
So a lot of them have decided that if the law is going to turn its back on us, we will turn our backs on the law.— Aletta Harrison , EWN
Watch: Will legal access to the sea stop poachers?
Harrison also spoke about the Small-Scale Fisheries policy by Department of Fisheries and Forestry, which is meant to give small-scale fishers collective fishing rights, helping to root out poverty and poaching in South Africa.
Listen to the full conversation below: