Marine Anti-Poaching Unit

Marine Anti-Poaching Unit (MAPU) is a Non-Profit Company, with Non-Profit Organisation status, dedicated to ensuring that we share our passion for protecting our marine life. Our focus is on environmental awareness, poverty relief through job creation, poaching prevention and sustainability. We aim to achieve our goal through utilising all resources available to us and we are dependent on donations and volunteers from the area.

Over the last decade poaching of marine life has become a source of wealth that meant that, at its peak price, a person could earn four times the average monthly income for just two hours of work. As a result, coastal South Africa transformed from a network of small fishing communities, to outposts of international organized crime battling for the opportunity to harvest and export abalone. It is estimated that about 4000 tonnes of abalone is caught in South Africa annually, which is about 20 times over the legal limit.

Marine Anti-Poaching Unit (MAPU) will be operating in cohesion with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South African Police Service (SAPS), Sea Watch, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Cape Nature and other law enforcement agencies. We will protect our marine life through creating public awareness and community involvement in the Overstrand area. Support from volunteers and donations will see the project expand to include monitoring and recording of area activity to further support the reduction of poaching and crime.

Latest news

Poaching on the rise

Over the weekend we had 7 poaching incidents reported with a total of 41 poachers involved. 5 incidents in Bettys Bay Marine Reserve, 1 in Rooi Els and 1 in […]

Thank you to our sponsor – ZARTEK

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Zartek for their recent donation to Marine Anti-Poaching Unit. Your donation of two way radios and spotlights will support the team to […]

Poaching Prevention and Arrest

It has been an eventful few days for our response team Yesterday, our first point of call was to investigate a report from the public of potential gull nets in […]

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