Coast Guard Interdicts Lancha Crews Illegally Fishing U.S. Waters
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, Feb. 20 and 21, the 8th Coast Guard District said in a Feb. 23 release.
Coast Guard crews stopped two lanchas with a total of 10 Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. The lanchas and 584 red snapper, totaling 2,814 pounds, were seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
“Our red snapper population continues to be decimated by the illegal fishing activities of Mexican lancha fishermen,” said Cmdr. Keith Pierre, chief of response at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “We remain dedicated and committed to eliminating all illegal activities in U.S. waters.”
A lancha is a fishing boat used by Mexican fishermen that is approximately 20 to 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 United States and fish illegally in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone near the border with Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico.Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi has detected 70 lanchas, 20 of which were interdicted, that were north of the U.S.-Mexico Maritime Border since Oct. 1.