News24: R120 000 fines over mussels

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    R120 000 fines over mussels

    Durban - Three men were fined R120 000 each after they were found guilty of stripping over 5 000 mussels from rocks in coastal areas, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Tuesday.

    Ezemvelo KZN-Natal Wildlife spokesperson Jeff Gaisford in a statement: "The men were each sentenced to a fine of R120 000 or two years imprisonment, half of which is suspended for two years on condition they do not commit a similar offence.”

    Jiankang Wang, 53, Yingpingdi Gao, 44, and Enguang Weng, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts under the Marine Living Resources Act in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court.

    They were found guilty of being in possession of mussels without a permit and using illegal implements to remove them from the rocks.

    Police arrested the three men in April when they caught them with 5 678 mussels. The men also had a spade, a hoe and an axe with them, Gaisford said.

    He said members of the public need a recreational permit to pick mussels.

    “The bag limit is 30 mussels per day. These permits are available from most post offices, or offices of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife,” said Gaisford.

    Mussels can be legally picked by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge no bigger than 12mm in width.

    “Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has welcomed the sentence… it underlined the organisation‘s determination to prosecute anyone who saw fit to plunder the natural wildlife resources of the province,” said Gaisford.
     
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  3. PeterL

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    WOOHOO!!!
    WTF were they thinking, oh, oh, my bad - they clearly weren't and got what was coming.
    I don't think the sentence was harsh enough IMO.

    We spend our lives looking after our coastlines and it takes 3 guys a few hours to destroy it. Just a bunch of yahoo's.
     
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    look at the names...
     
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    Yeah I saw that geez 5 thousand odd mussels isnt even close to what most ileagal catches like a handfull are
     
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    Good stuff!
     
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    Good for them Maybe not even SA Citizens
     
  8. PeterL

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    Better than the "That wasn't chicken you just ate" sign, but it still is no good for them to have raided the rocks the way they did. There are fresh fish markets for this sort of thing is they are running a resturant chain.

    No matter their reasons, it is not excusable.
     
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    Im a bit shocked really, thats like 10 times the fine that Julius Malema got, i wish he was caught stealing mussels :p
     
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