CHRISTI, Texas — Multiple Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and
interdicted three Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in
federal waters off the coast of southern Texas Monday.
Guard crews consisting of air support, a small boat crew, and a cutter stopped
three lanchas approximately 50 miles north of the Maritime Boundary Line where
a total of thirteen lanchamen were engaged in illegal fishing. Twelve miles of
longline gear, illegal fishing equipment, as well as 2,020 lbs of
illegally-caught Red Snapper were seized.
Coast Guard’s continued commitment to protecting wildlife and deterring illegal
fishing is highlighted in this case,” said Chief Warrant Officer Homar Barrera,
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command duty officer. “The teamwork between
the command center and assets on scene resulted in the flawless execution of
is a fishing boat used by Mexican fishermen that is approximately 20-30 feet
long with a slender profile, having 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 illegally fish in the United States’
Exclusive Economic Zone near the U.S./Mexico border in the Gulf of
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.