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This publication is the first of its kind, and the focus on how the South African criminal justice authorities come to grips with organised crime industry that has grown out of the poaching of abalone along most of the South African shoreline. Although abalone poaching resorts under treaty-based conventions regulating economic crimes, all of which South Africa has ratified and incorporated into national law, it is an issue which barely attracts the attention of criminal law writers. Most of the literature on this topic has been written by scholars from other disciplines. And the literature teaches universally that abalone poaching, like the illegal harvesting of all wildlife, ravages the economy and the country’s natural resources, not to mention the horrendous social problems it creates.