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Coast Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing in U.S.
Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha boat
crew engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, Sept.
16, 2017. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border
enforcement agents for processing. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law
enforcement crews detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha boat crew engaged
in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, Saturday.
The lancha, with fishing gear onboard, was seized.
Four Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border
enforcement agents for processing.
“The persistent illegal fishing of red snapper and
other fish in the Gulf of Mexico is having a very detrimental economic and
environmental impact,” said Cmdr. Keith Pierre, chief of response at Sector/Air
Station Corpus Christi. “We will continue to enforce the law along the
U.S./Mexico maritime boundary line.”
A lancha is a Mexican fishing boat that is approximately
20-30 feet long with a slender profile, typically has one outboard motor, is
capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 30 mph, 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/Air Station Corpus Christi has
detected 144 lanchas, 31 of which were interdicted, that were north of the
U.S./Mexico Maritime Border since Oct. 1, 2016.
If you witness suspicious activity 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 activity or illegal fishing occurring in federal
waters, out to 200 miles offshore, please contact the U.S. Coast Guard at