Coast Guard interdicts lancha illegally fishing in US

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews successfully detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha crew illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas Saturday morning.

A lancha is a Mexican fishing boat that is approximately 20-30 feet long with a slender profile, has one outboard motor, is capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour, and is frequently used to fish illegally in the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone near the U.S./Mexico border.

The Coast Guard crews stopped the lancha, with three Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. The lancha, 194 red snapper totaling 540 pounds, and illegal fishing gear were seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents.