US-Mexico border: Coast Guard seizes 40 sharks illegally caught by the crew of a lancha boat off the coast of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (KTRK) — A boat crew was arrested and seized 40 sharks illegally caught in federal waters off southern Texas, according to the Coast Guard.

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On Tuesday, officials responded to a report of four fishermen engaging in illegal fishing from a boat about seven miles north of the maritime boundary.

Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson crew said they launched a cutter boat crew over the horizon 26ft and seized illegal fishing gear and 40 sharks were found aboard the boat.

Coastguard personnel reportedly detained the four fishermen and handed them over to Border Patrol officers for processing.

A lancha is a fishing boat used by Mexican fishermen that is about 20 to 30 feet long with a slender profile. It has an outboard motor and is capable of traveling at speeds over 30 mph.

Lanchas are frequently used to transport illegal narcotics to the United States and to fish illegally in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone near the United States-Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico.

If you witness suspicious activity or illegal fishing in state waters (up to nine miles offshore), please contact the Department of Parks’ “Operation Game Thief” and Texas Wildlife 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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