U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
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Coast Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing in U.S.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast
Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha boatcrew
engaged in illegally fishing in federal waters Wednesday evening off southern
Coast Guard crews stopped one
lancha with a total of four Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. The
lancha, with fishing gear onboard, was seized. The Mexican fishermen were
detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
“The lancha crews are continuing
to poach red snapper and other fish in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Cmdr. Keith
Pierre, the chief of response at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “These
actions have negative impacts on both the U.S. economy and environment.
Therefore, we will continue to uphold and enforce the laws along the
U.S./Mexico maritime boundary line and protect our sovereignty.”
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 seven lanchas, three 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 361-939-0450.