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Coast Guard seizes 40 sharks that have been illegally caught by lancha boat crew off Texas coast

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (KTRK) — A lancha boat crew was stopped and seized of 40 sharks that have been illegally captured in federal waters off southern Texas, in line with the Coast Guard.The video above is ABC13’s 24/7 livestream.On Tuesday, officers responded to a report about 4 fishermen partaking in unlawful fishing aboard a lancha boat about seven miles north of the Maritime Boundary Line.The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson stated they launched a 26-foot over-the-horizon cutter boat crew and seized unlawful fishing gear and 40 sharks have been discovered on board the lancha.Coast Guard personnel reportedly detained the 4 fishermen and transferred them to frame enforcement brokers for processing.A lancha is a fishing boat utilized by Mexican fishermen that’s roughly 20 to 30 ft lengthy with a slender profile. It has one outboard motor, and is able to touring at speeds exceeding 30 mph.Lanchas are often used to move unlawful narcotics to the U.S. and illegally fish in the US’ Unique Financial Zone close to the U.S.-Mexico border within the Gulf of Mexico.For those who witness suspicious exercise or unlawful fishing in state waters (out to 9 miles offshore), you might be urged to contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division’s “Operation Recreation Thief” at 1-800-792-GAME (4263).For all suspicious exercise or unlawful fishing occurring in federal waters (out to 200 miles offshore), please contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 361-939-0450.Copyright © 2022 KTRK-TV. All Rights Reserved.

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