US court orders lobster poachers to pay South Africa USD 22.5mln
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Tina Joemat Pettersson has welcomed a New York court decision to pay South Africa ZAR 294 million (USD 22.5 million) in compensation for the illegal harvesting of South African fish by a syndicate.
The US Court ordered that Arnold Bengis, then managing director of Hout Bay Fishing Industries (Pty) Ltd, his son David and Jeffrey Noll, who was the chairman and president of Icebrand Seafoods and Associated Sea Fisheries in Manhattan, pay the money to South Africa following unlawful harvesting of south and west coast rock lobster in South African waters over an extended period of time.
This is the largest restitution amount ever awarded under the Lacey Act, which makes it a crime to import fish, wildlife or plants taken in violation of another country's laws, into the US.
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