350 pounds of fish allegedly caught illegally off Texas coast seized by Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard stopped three fishermen accused of illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas Saturday and seized hundreds of pounds of red snapper.
In a news release, the Coast Guard’s 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas announced that crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey reported the illegal activity to watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The fishermen were reportedly aboard a lancha, a slim motorboat that typically measures between 20 and 30 feet, when the Coast Guard intercepted their fishing venture, according to the Coast Guard’s news release.
The three-person lancha crew was approximately 37 miles north of the Maritime Boundary Line, the federal security agency reported.
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Service members aboard the Benjamin Dailey reportedly launched a 26-foot over-the-horizon cutter boat crew to intercept the fishermen, which led to the seizure of the lancha, the boat’s fishing gear and 350 pounds of red snapper.
“Illegal fishing threatens the security of our maritime border and the prosperity of our marine…
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