Coast Guard Bans Lancha Crew Observed Illegally Fishing in US Waters

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On Wednesday, Coast Guard enforcement crews interdicted a lancha crew that had been observed fishing illegally in federal waters off South Texas.

A crew from the Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi located five fishers engaged in illegal fishing aboard a lancha approximately 2 miles north of the maritime boundary. A boat crew from the South Padre Island Coast Guard Station then seized two sharks, four red snappers, illegal fishing gear and the lancha, then transferred the fishermen to Border Patrol officers for processing.

“This is the 40th Mexican lancha ban we’ve done since October 2021,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Cross, Area Law Enforcement/Air Station Corpus Christi. “We will continue to coordinate our efforts with state and federal agencies to end illegal poaching and preserve our natural resources for future generations of Americans to enjoy.”

A lancha is a fishing boat about 20 to 30 feet long with a slender profile. Typically, the lancha has an outboard motor, is capable of traveling at speeds in excess of 30 mph, and is frequently used to illegally fish and transport narcotics within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone near the United States border. -Mexican in the Gulf of Mexico.

If you witness suspicious activity or illegal fishing in state waters (from land up to 9 miles offshore), please contact “Operation Game Thief” at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). For any suspicious activity or illegal fishing occurring in federal waters (up to 200 miles offshore), please contact the US Coast Guard at 361-939-0450.

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