CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and
interdicted a lancha boat crew illegally fishing in federal waters off southern
Texas, Aug. 20, 2019.
The lancha boat, with fishing gear onboard, was seized. The Mexican
fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for
The operator, a Mexican national, was charged with Title 18 USC 2237, Failure
to Heave To or Obstruction of Boarding, which carries a charge of fines and
imprisonment of up to 15 years. He was suspected in a May 11, 2019, case
where a lancha conducted evasive maneuvering and ultimately struck a Coast
Guard boat twice before escaping into Mexico waters.
"The Coast Guard is committed to protecting marine resources within U.S.
waterways,” said Capt. Edward Gaynor, Coast Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi
commanding officer. “Mariners are reminded to follow instructions given by law
enforcement officials while on the water.”
If you witness suspicious activity or illegal fishing in state waters (out to
nine 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.