During our daily patrols a variety of red flags came up and we want to ensure you are 100% in the know with what you can do to help.
In one of our previous articles ( http://mapu.org.za/driveway-security/ ) we flagged the importance of ensuring that all refuse is dumped in bins or local dump site and not left standing on the side of the road or on your driveway. Poachers hide stock and equipment in between the refuse to collect at a later stage. Our wildlife can also make a mess of things, so rather do the right thing first time and prevent any unnecessary mess and prevent illegal activity.
We all love a walk on the beach and it is important to keep your eyes open for changes in the environment. Abalone shells lying in the bush or in plain site is normally a key indicator that poachers were, or sometimes still are, in the area. When noticing any of these, please report.
Poaching equipment is also a regular find. Ensure that you report any unattended abalone lifters, diving equipment, wet suits, etc.
And of course the divers. Even if they are not in the water yet, this is the best time to report so that we can prevent them from causing harm.
Should you see any suspicious people or vehicles on or approaching the beach make sure you report it immediately.
Remember that poachers take advantage of empty houses and will utilise them to either park vehicles or store equipment in the back of the house or in the yard. ( http://mapu.org.za/driveway-security/ )
Below map shows areas where poaching is currently a frequent occurrence and your assistance with prevention is key for future success. Please report any suspicious activity at the diving hot-spots marked in red.
Damage to dune vegetation is also growing. The vehicle in the picture was spotted on 23 September driving over a dune in Hangklip and damaging the vegetation.
Regulations around driving on coastal shores are in place and frequently reviewed. The use of vehicles on our beaches is restricted in terms of the regulations for the control of use of vehicles in the coastal zone (Government notice 1399 of 21 December 2001) published in terms of section 44 of the National Environmental Management Act (number 107 of 98). Should you spot any vehicles on the beach please report these as well.
Who should you contact:
DAFF (Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries): 028 313 2703
Cape Nature: 028 271 5138 / 028 314 0062
SAPS (South African Police Service): 028 271 4219
Sea Watch: 082 994 9300
Marine Anti-Poaching Unit: 060 907 2325