Coast Guard interdicts lancha with 300 red snapper

A lancha, or Mexican fishing boat, was seized along with 300 red snapper, 3 shark and fishing gear, near the U.S./Mexico border after the Coast Guard caught four men aboard the boat illegally fishing in U.S. territorial waters Feb. 24, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A lancha, or Mexican fishing boat, was seized along with 300 red snapper, 3 shark and fishing gear, near the U.S./Mexico border after the Coast Guard caught four men aboard the boat illegally fishing in U.S. territorial waters Feb. 24, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews successfully detected and interdicted a Mexican lancha boat with four Mexican nationals illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas Friday.

Friday evening, Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crews stopped the lancha and four Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. The lancha, 300 red snapper totaling 979 pounds, 3 shark, and illegal fishing gear were seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents.

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

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