• Angler fined for killing great white shark

    by  • February 12, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A man has been fined more than £8000 for killing a great white shark that he hooked off a beach in South Africa. Leon Bekker of George, Western Cape, pleaded guilty to contravening the Marine Living Resources Act, which includes attempting to kill, disturb or be in possession of a white shark without a permit. He claimed he had no idea at first that he had hooked a great white shark, but pleaded guilty “so as not to waste the court’s time”. Photographs of Bekker giving a thumbs-up sign after hauling the shark onto the rocks sparked an angry outcry when they were published two years ago. South Africa imposed legislation in 1991 to protect great whites, and catching them or even to trying to do so is illegal. But a set of macho anglers who targeted the sharks using heavy tackle were able to claim they had not been fishing for them deliberately. Photographs of anglers posing with dead great whites are not uncommon and there is an ongoing illegal trade in gret white jaws, which fetch a very high price. This is the first successful prosecution under the legislation. More pictures here.

     

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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