US-Mexico border: Coast Guard seize 40 sharks illegally caught by Lancha crew off the coast of Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas (KTRK) – The crew of a Lancha boat has been stopped and 40 illegally captured sharks are seized in federal waters off South Texas, according to the Coast Guard.

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On Tuesday, officials responded to a report that four fishermen were illegally fishing on a Lancha boat seven miles north of the maritime boundary line.

Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson said they released the crew of a 26-foot boat over the horizon and seized illegal fishing gear and 40 sharks were found aboard the Lancha.

The four fishermen were reportedly detained by Coast Guard personnel and taken to border enforcement agents for processing.

The Lancha is a fishing boat used by Mexican anglers that is approximately 20 to 30 feet long with a slender profile. It has one outboard motor, and is capable of traveling at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour.

Lanchas are frequently used to transport illegal drugs to the United States and illegally fish in the United States’ exclusive economic zone near the US-Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico.

If you witness suspicious activity or illegal fishing in state waters (nine miles from shore), we encourage you to call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service’s “Operation Game Thief” at 1-800-792-GAME (4263).

For all suspicious activities or illegal fishing that occurs in federal waters (within 200 miles from shore), please call the US Coast Guard at 361-939-0450.

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