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  • Coast Guard Seizes 450 Red Snapper Caught by Mexican Poachers

    With permission from today's The Outdoor Wire-



    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Coast Guard interdicted a Mexican fishing crew poaching in South Texas waters, Sunday, 30 miles offshore and 70 miles north of the U.S./Mexican border.

    At approximately 12:30 p.m., a 25-foot Mexican fishing boat, also known as a lancha, was spotted by a Coast Guard aircrew aboard a HU-25 Falcon jet, from Air Station Corpus Christi. The aircraft immediately notified Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, who launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Corpus Christi and a 33-foot Law Enforcement Special Purpose Craft (SPC-LE) from Station South Padre Island to pursue the lancha. The aircrews guided the 33-foot SPC-LE in to intercept as the lancha began to flee south toward Mexican waters. The crew of the 33-foot SPC-LE stopped the lancha 33 miles north of the border with four people aboard, at approximately 2 p.m.

    The lancha was initially discovered actively fishing without a legal permit and had caught 450 red snapper in U.S. waters. The red snapper were all dead and packed in ice. The lancha was towed back to Station South Padre Island and the four crewmembers were turned over to Customs and Border Protection.

    "Although the red snapper season in federal waters started today, it wasn't meant for foreign vessels without permits," said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the response officer at Sector Corpus Christi. "It appears they stole the daily equivalent of approximately 225 licensed citizens, provided the fish were legal size. Instead, it is another deliberate and significant violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act with a maximum civil penalty of $140,000."

    If you witness suspicious or illegal fishing in state waters (out to 9 miles offshore), please contact Texas Parks & Wildlife Department "Operation Game Thief" at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). For all suspicious or illegal fishing occurring in federal waters (out to 200 miles offshore), please contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 361-939-6393.

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    I agree that poaching is wrong, but US laws only apply to US citizens. I wonder what they did with the fish. I wonder what Mexico would do if Americans went down to Mexican waters.
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    • Ed308
      Ed308 commented
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      "I wonder what Mexico would do if Americans went down to Mexican water?" Throw them in Mexican jail which is not a nice place. They would be lucky to get out in five years.

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    I disagree. US laws apply to anyone within our borders or territorial waters, citizens or not. If that was true, we couldn't do anything about the illegal immirant problem.
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    • #4
      Originally posted by GeneC View Post
      I agree that poaching is wrong, but US laws only apply to US citizens. I wonder what they did with the fish. I wonder what Mexico would do if Americans went down to Mexican waters.
      Go to Russian or Chinese waters and catch a bunch of fish. See how that works out for you.

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      • #5
        It appears they stole the daily equivalent of approximately 225 licensed citizens, provided the fish were legal size.
        So with a daily bag limit of 2 per person in federal (and state) waters, they had about 450 red snapper. Destin charter boat Captains up here already miffed about the season in federal waters being shortened from 11 to 9 days must really love stories like this. Not.

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        • #6
          And the greenie libs will still say that sportfishing is the problem.

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