Fisheries confiscates illegal catch at Dolphin Beach
09 Feb 2017 17:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 09 FEB (NAMPA) - Officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources at Walvis Bay on Wednesday confiscated fish caught illegally at Dolphin Beach.
The catch is said to be 2 tonnes of Dassie (Blacktail).
It was caught by a fisherman who has fishing rights for Mullet and not Blacktail.
A concerned member of the public noticed the activity and informed the fisheries inspector.
Head of Enforcement and Compliance in the Ministry of Fisheries, Stanley Ndara on Thursday confirmed the incident but said the culprit and his accomplices were not arrested, only warned verbally.
They should have returned the fish to the water after realising it is not the specie they are allowed to harvest, he said.
They used the dragnet fishing method in which a fishing net hangs vertically in the water with its bottom edge held down by weights and its top edge buoyed by floats.
The confiscated fish will be donated to needy community members in Walvis Bay.
The story and pictures also circulated on social media with comments that the offenders were arrested, which was not the case.