Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
8th District Public
Affairs Detachment Texas
Coast Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing US waters
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, Wednesday afternoon.
Coast Guard crews stopped one lancha with a total of four Mexican fishermen
engaged in illegal fishing. One lancha boat, with nine red snapper and
fishing gear onboard, was seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and
transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
A lancha is a fishing boat used by Mexican fishermen 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
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi has detected 158 lanchas, 45
of which were interdicted, 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.