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USCG interdicts Mexican lancha fishing off Texas coast

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Coast Guard crews from Corpus Christi interdicted another Mexican lancha boat crew illegally fishing in federal waters on Sunday.

According to the Coast Guard, crews stopped the lancha four Mexican fishermen onboard, All four were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.

Crews also seized the boat, five sharks and 94 red snapper.

“The protection of our natural resources is of the utmost importance,” said Cmdr. Keith Pierre, chief of response for Sector Corpus Christi. “We will remain dedicated and disciplined in our fight to protect our natural resources along the U.S.-Mexico maritime boundary line.” 

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 detected 47 lanchas, 17 of which were interdicted, that were north of the U.S.-Mexico Maritime Border since Sept. 1, 2017.

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