CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas
— Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and
interdicted three Mexican lancha boat crews illegally fishing in federal waters
off southern Texas, Sunday afternoon.
Air Station Corpus Christi aircrews in coordination with crews from Station
South Padre Island and the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator located
and stopped three lanchas with a total of thirteen Mexican fishermen
engaged in illegal fishing. Three lancha boats, with fishing gear onboard,
along with 496 total pounds of illegal catch were seized. The Mexican
fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for
"These interdictions showcased the Coast Guard's unique ability to
seamlessly coordinate multiple resources over hundreds of miles to effectively
execute our mission," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Lovell, a
boatswain's mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator. "We could not
have done it without all of the participating members involved."
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 Mexico.
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi has interdicted five lanchas
north of the U.S.-Mexico Maritime Border since Oct. 1, 2019.
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.