Coast Guard Cutter Shamal seizes estimated 75 pounds of fish

HOUSTON -The Coast Guard seized approximately 75 pounds of fish from a suspected illegal fishing vessel approximately 40 nautical miles east of Corpus Christi, Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

The Coast Guard Cutter Shamal interdicted the fishing vessel crewed by Mexican nationals. The Shamal crew reported that the fishermen were in possession of an estimated 75 pounds of shark and Red Snapper.

The fishing vessel and its occupants were escorted to Coast Guard Station South Padre Island. The crew of the fishing vessel was transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for repatriation.

“It is truly exciting for all of us to be operating at the tip of the Coast Guard mission spear. As the commanding officer, I am proud to lead a crew consisting of dedicated professionals. The crew of the Shamal is focused on the mission, and readiness has been the key to our success in operating in a variety of demanding environments. This crew is consistent in exhibiting exceptional performance,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Nunes, commanding officer of the Shamal.

The catch was spoiled and later abandoned offshore.

The Shamal is homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

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