Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Ensign Hamilton Thomas
Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing US waters
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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, Sunday.
Coast Guard crews stopped one lancha with a total of four Mexican fishermen
engaged in illegal fishing. The lancha boat, fishing gear, 113 snappers and two
sharks were 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 of
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi has interdicted 57 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 361-939-0450.