MyPE has sight of a letter written to the East Cape Parks and Tourism Association’s Keketso Kostile questioning why the wholesale slaughter of sharks is allowed in Algoa Bay.
Jens Höptner, on his seventh trip to South Africa, spent some time in our neck of the woods seeing marine wildlife was shocked to see a long line fishing boat hauling sharks out of the sea.
Jens, after seeing and photographing a “terrible thing” was moved to write to the ECPTA questioning why such ‘wholesale slaughter’ of this apex predator was allowed.
The Port Elizabeth based fishing vessel, Suiram VH, is owned by Sharmilla van Heerden of Fisherman Fresh who, in a 26 March 2015 article in The Herald, stated; “…. we make sure that we target non-endangered species of sharks. We export them to Australia where shark products such as fillets are in great demand.”
Jens questions why this is allowed, saying; “My friends in SA told me that they had a legal permission to do that. Is that true, Mr Kostile? If so then why do you protect your Rhinos? We both know what will happen when you kill the animals on top of the food chain.”
“As a foreigner I’m not allowed to tell the locals what they have to do but as a tourist I can decide where I stay during my holidays and I can inform our people here and our big tourism companies (like TUI, Thomas Cook and others) about what happens there along the South African coastline. Please don´t misunderstand me – I like your country very much and here in Europe I know how it looks when the sea is empty,” concluded Jens.