Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Lt. j.g. Jennae
Coast Guard interdicts lancha
crews illegally fishing US waters
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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, March 3, 2018.
Coast Guard crews stopped two lanchas with a total of ten Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing
and seized 210 pounds of shark and
4,537 pounds of red snapper fish. The Mexican
fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for
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 of
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi has detected 67
lanchas, 23 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.