|Brand new Chinese trawlers illegally fishing off the Wild Coast of South Africa|
14th of May 2016
You know what I cannot understand?
Next to the South Africa Navy base in Simons Town is IMT (The Institute for Maritime Technology), the Denel scientific arm of the Navy. About 52 scientists work there. They have three underwater wires running out into False Bay and they can listen to any ship passing by and can tell you not only what type of main engine the vessel has but also if the main engine has a bearing knock on number three cylinder or a loose tappet on #5's exhaust valve.
These top nerds have state of the art sophisticated equipment. They have cameras on the roof of their building that takes infrared pictures of hotspots on ships and make plans of how to cover it up. They have an 11 meter deep tank where sophisticated underwater experiments are carried out in.
Yet they seem to be unaware of any Chinese Trawlers raping our fishing resources in our oceans.
Not a single navy vessel, navy station, air force plane or whatever picked up an entire fleet of nine unmarked, unidentified Chinese fishing trawlers off the coast of Transkei.
No, it was up to a bunch of sport anglers with smartphones and ship-tracking apps to alert the South African Navy and the Department of Fisheries about the arrival of the Lu Huang Yuan Yu fleet.
A Facebook post on Salt Fishing SA by Mark Hicks showed that the Chinese vessels switched off their AIM monitoring beacons at night whilst illegally fishing off our coast.
There’s Something Really Fishy Going On Off The Transkei Coast And People Want Answers
Navy probes fleet of Chinese trawlers off Wild Coast
According to the Navy they are not allowed to protect our waters and our fishing resources. That is the job of the Department of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries who own the patrol vessels that are supposed to be our “Coast Guard”. Funny isn’t it. South Africa with a 3000km coast line has no Coast Guard and a tiny navy.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokeswoman Palesa Mokomela said their inshore protection vessel, the Ruth First, checked nine vessels and found them to be "brand-new and en route from China to Congo".
Spokesperson Bomikazi Molapo says the vessels were traced yesterday after South African patrol ship, Victoria Mxenge was dispatched to search for them.
Chase on for suspicious Chinese vessels in SA waters
Eventually they caught them and wanted to escort the nine vessels to Saldanha with ONE patrol vessel (I kid you not). However during the night the vessels started dispersing in different directions and ducked. Of course nobody foresaw it.
Only one trawler was caught and taken to Cape Town. Fog keeps seized Chinese trawler outside Cape Town Harbour
You would think that if you are going to seize nine ships the Navy and Dept of Fisheries would collaborate and send more than just one naval or Coast Guard vessel to do the arrest. Not our illustrious ANC idiots.
However, we can all sleep better now, because there were no fish onboard any of the vessels anyway…
"Our inspectors inspected them and found no fish or fishing material." Said Palesa Mokomela.
John Rance, environmental officer for the Border Deep-sea Angling Association said: "No-one is naively believing that."
Sure! We all are! The ANC is convinced we are all idiots and when we don't believe them we are "racists".
Nine Chinese trawlers in the middle of the sardine run and they didn’t find a single fish or fishing net/line on board. Wonder what they were doing there then?
Anyway…we bought sophisticated German submarines to protect our people from sharks in rivers.
Why South Africa has submarines
“When we have to communicate to people on the ground to make them understand why we need submarines, for for example, if…Can we take a risk of people going into the sea where the river by the sea is full of sharks? We can’t do that. Number one…The submarine he can provide deterrence. For us to have the submarine…people, they globally understand that the South African Navy, or SA, SA, SAFrican in general…they know. They know their road. They know exactly why they do it.”