U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
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Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing off southern
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —
Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted two Mexican
lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off
southern Texas Friday afternoon.
The Coast Guard crews
stopped two lanchas with a total of 10 Mexican fishermen engaged in
illegal fishing. The lanchas, with fishing gear onboard, were seized. The
Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
“We will continue to staunchly protect our
exclusive economic zone and maintain our sovereignty,” said Cmdr. Keith
Pierre, chief of response at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. "It
is absolutely critical that we prevent this natural resource from being depleted."
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.
Corpus Christi has detected and interdicted two lanchas that were north of
the U.S./Mexico Maritime Border since Oct. 1, 2017.
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 361-939-6393.