Are you familiar with the economics and methods of the abalone industry, legal or otherwise? Because if that guy didn't have a boat and was free diving to get them, this is subsistence level stuff, whatever you can fit into a catch bag and still swim with. And it's hard fucking work. I've done it.
Did you do it one day a week and expecting it to provide your family with its sole income? Because that is what is being implicitly asserted by the "Oh that poor starving poor person" crowd.
But in South Africa, it's illegal, there's no recreational or professional permits.
Not true. They lifted the restrictions last year. There are now permits. Additionally, most non-commercial harvesting is recreational, or by members of criminal gangs and crime syndicates. So, do we have any evidence other than the self-serving story of known poachers who were collecting without permits to suggest it was anything but these practices?
This guy must have been a criminal mastermind, dealing with multinational syndicates on shellfish for drugs deals. Or more likely, he's a poor, exploited immigrant worker who died while trying to make ends meet.
Who goes out once a week? What can reasonably be inferred from the once a week info?
A) Recreational abalone diving. Thus, while it may supplement income, it is not the only source
B) The profit from the sale of a day's catch is sufficient to provide for his family's needs, and thus he has no need to go out more often. And can probably afford a small dingy to make the trip without looking like a meal on flippers.
What evidence do you have that the man is a poor migrant worker who is being exploited. Correct me if I am wrong, but exploited migrants tend to be worked a bit harder than one dive a week.
And you saying they aren't literally starving doesn't mean they aren't, Mike. Again I'll ask you if your boys were saying "we're hungry" would you do what it takes to provide for them. Yes or fucking no?
I am pretty sure Mike would not go whaling in the canadian arctic without cold weather gear or a gun, cover himself in whale blood, and sleep in the open in polar bear country. Which is the equivalent of what this guy was doing.
That area is a tourist magnet. There are a lot of ways people living near tourist beaches make money.
Also: See above. Why the fuck are you buying a self-serving story that taken in context, makes no god damn sense?
Do people on this forum also post joyously when a 13yo school dropout is shot over a corner?
Maybe if it was clear that the person was desperately poor, i might be more sympathetic. As it stands though, there is no evidence but the self-serving word of a poacher. Mike and I are not the ones making unfounded assumptions here.
Mike, all we have to go on is the article in the OP and whatever evidence it provides.
And the ability to look things up. There is Zero evidence that this guy was poaching for subsistence, other than the same words every single poacher who has ever gotten caught uses as a shield, irrespective of their circumstances: "I am trying to put food on the table".
Why on earth should we believe it, when it is simply not consistent with the other evidence the OP provides, such as their dive frequency. Most subsistence fishermen rise with the sun, go out in their little boats
, or go down to the beach with their nets, and fish until sundown. They do this five or six days a week. That is not what this guy was doing. Reality is not consistent with his friend's story, or your assumptions about his socio-economic status.
Apparently there's an exception for children that AD made up.
And when, ever, have I been happy or joyful over the death of a child? Or expressed glee at tragic things like someone dying in an industrial accident, killing themselves, or otherwise expressed joy at the death of any person who was not doing something terminally stupid, or massively unethical?
I am a misanthrope with no patience for fools, but that is different from sociopath.
These guys couldn't even afford to a leaky boat with a 6hp outboard
Again: That interpretation is only consistent with a cherry picked set of facts.