Abalone poaching in South Africa is reportedly controlled by gangs.

This is said to be commonplace in the coastal towns of the Western Cape.

There, gangs are allegedly trading abalone with methamphetamine off the coast.

Charlton Swigelaar, of the South African Pelagic Fishermen’s Union, has called on collaborations to help regulate the abalone industry in the country.

“I would suggest that government, or the decision makers, must work with the man on the ground. We need proper engagements. I cannot say that they don’t have that, but it’s not properly done.”