Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement crews from Corpus Christi detected and interdicted two Mexican lancha boat crews on Saturday illegally fishing in federal waters off South Texas.
According to the Coast Guard crews stopped two lanchas with a total of ten Mexican fishermen and seized 210 pounds of shark and 4,537 pounds of red snapper fish.
USCG says the fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
A lancha is a fishing boat, approximately 20-30 feet long with a slender profile that typically has one outboard motor, and is capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 30 mph.
According to USCG 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 says they have detected 67 lanchas, 23 of which were interdicted, that were north of the U.S.-Mexico Maritime Border since Oct. 1, 2017.
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