GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Seven suspects were apprehended for fishing illegally in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA) on Sunday afternoon, 5 April, defying lockdown regulations.
SANParks rangers were patrolling the Tsitsikamma MPA when they encountered people fishing illegally.
SANParks says in a statement the rangers managed to apprehend them and they were fined according to the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act, (number 57 of 2003) for fishing in a restricted zone of the Tsitsikamma MPA. It is still unclear if they are Tsitsikamma locals or not.
SANParks says the large number of people not observing the national plea to stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is disconcerting.
* Fishing in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA) is limited to rezoned areas for Tsitsikamma communities only. This area was rezoned and regulations for its management gazetted in 2018 by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Forestry.
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