Coast Guard Interdicts Lancha Crew Illegally Fishing in U.S. Waters
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha boat crew engaged in illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, Aug. 12, the 8th Coast Guard District said in a release.
Coast Guard crews stopped the lancha with four Mexican fishermen, and 15 snapper and 59 shark totaling 643 pounds aboard. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
“The illegal fishing of red snapper causes over $11 million in lost revenue each year to U.S commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Cmdr. Charles Hawkins, the chief of response at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “Deterring this and other illicit activity on the U.S./Mexico maritime boundary line is one of our top priorities.”
A lancha is a Mexican fishing boat approximately 20 to 30 feet long with a slender profile. Typically, the lancha has one outboard motor and is capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 30 mph, and is frequently used to 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 detected 166 lanchas, 54 of which were interdicted north of the U.S./Mexico Maritime Border since Oct. 1.