Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
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 Saturday morning and Sunday night.
Coast Guard crews stopped two lanchas with a total of seven Mexican
fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. Two lancha boats, including fishing gear,
and 1,680 pounds of red snapper, grouper, pufferfish, shark and eel were
seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border
enforcement agents for processing.
A lancha is a Mexican fishing boat that is approximately 20-30 feet long
with a slender profile, typically has one outboard motor, and is capable of
traveling at speeds exceeding 30 mph. Lanchas are frequently used to transport
illegal narcotics to the U.S. and 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 83 lanchas, 30 of
which were interdicted, that were north of the U.S.-Mexico Maritime Border
since October 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.