Coast Guard seizes fourth foreign flagged fishing vessel in two days in Gulf of Mexico

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard seized another lancha, Saturday, reportedly fishing illegally in U.S. waters in the vicinity of South Padre Island, Texas.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., an HU-25 Falcon jet and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi spotted a lancha approximately 20 miles north of South Padre Island and within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Falcon crew alerted Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, requesting assistance. Station South Padre Island launched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat and crew. The Falcon crew directed the boat to the location of the lancha. The SPC-LE seized the vessel, which had a significant amount of snapper, shark, eel and grouper on board. The lancha crew was turned over to Customs and Border Protection agents. The catch was released at sea.

“This is the fourth lancha seizure in a matter of two days,” said Lt. Mary Arvidson, an Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon jet pilot. “The Coast Guard is trying to protect our natural resources from being depleted too quickly and regular patrols by sea and air augment that effort,” she said.

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