U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
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Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing in US
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews
detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha boat crew off the coast of southern
Coast Guard crews stopped the lancha with four Mexican
fishermen engaged in illegal fishing Thursday afternoon. The lancha and fishing
gear were seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border
enforcement agents for processing.
“We take the mission of protecting our living marine
resources very seriously,” said Cmdr. Keith Pierre, the chief of response at
Sector Corpus Christi. “We will continue to deter illegal fishing and other
illicit activity that occurs [in U.S. waters.]”
A lancha is a Mexican fishing boat that is approximately
20-30 feet long with a slender profile, typically with one outboard motor, is
capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour, and is frequently
used to fish illegally in the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone near the
U.S./Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico.
Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi has interdicted 27 and
has seen 96 lanchas north of the U.S./Mexican Maritime Border in 2017.
If you witness suspicious or illegal fishing in state
waters (out to 9 miles offshore), please contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department’s “Operation Game Thief” at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). For all
suspicious or illegal fishing occurring in federal waters (out to 200 miles
offshore), please contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 361-939-6393.