CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard boat crew seized 1,076 pounds of northern red snapper illegally caught by a Mexican fishing boat poaching in waters off South Padre Island early Thursday morning.
At approximately 2:40 a.m., Coast Guard South Padre Island boat crew members sighted a Mexican fishing boat with four people, near the maritime boundary line.
The lancha was stopped by the 33-foot boat crew who seized the 281 red snapper.
“We continue to see significant illegal fishing from Mexican fishing vessels. Illegal harvesting of large amounts of red snapper with extensive longline and gillnet operations at a significant cost have already depleted the gulf’s red snapper population,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi commanding officer. “Our crews do an amazing job in incredibly challenging conditions to stop this illegal activity and maintain U.S. sovereignty.”