Coast Guard Seizes Illegal Catch, Crew Member Injured

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Saturday, May 24, 2014
US Coast Guard

 

The Coast Guard interdicted a Mexican fishing crew poaching in South Texas, Thursday, after it was pursued by a Coast Guard aircraft and intercepted by the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Cobia. In an unrelated incident after intercepting the lancha, a crewmember from the Cobia fell and was injured, requiring a medevac.

A 25-foot Mexican fishing boat, also known as a lancha, was spotted by a civilian aircraft fishing 30 miles offshore and 72 miles north of the U.S./Mexican border at approximately 2 p.m. The aircraft immediately notified Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, who launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to identify and pursue the lancha. The aircrew coordinated with the Cutter Cobia to intercept as the lancha began to flee south toward Mexican waters. The Coast Guard helicopter pursued the lancha for 22 miles and guided Cutter Cobia toward the boat. The Cobia deployed its 17-foot small oat and crew, which stopped the lancha, with five people aboard, at approximately 6 p.m. 
 
The lancha was initially discovered actively fishing without a legal permit and caught more than 455 red snapper in U.S. waters, a violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and one of the largest known local seizures in recent years. Currently, red snapper is a closed fishery in federal waters until June 1. Civil penalties associated with this violation can range between $100,000 and $140,000. The catch was released at sea.
 
A fleet of three other lanchas were spotted by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Venturous 2 miles north of the maritime boundary line and were pursued until reaching territorial seas of Mexico. An additional lancha was spotted by Coast Guard aircraft crews near an offshore oil rig approximately 70 miles north of the border. Efforts to relocate and pursue this vessel were impeded by darkness and rising sea conditions. Mexican officials were notified of these multiple incursions. 
 
“This is a deliberate and brazen exploitation of a coveted fish species in South Texas by these fleets originating from Mexico,” said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the response officer of Sector Corpus Christi. “We applaud the vigilant citizen that reported the activity to the Coast Guard.  And, in order to deal with this poaching epidemic, it will take a continued team effort of law enforcement, regulatory agencies and a concerned public.”
 
If you witness suspicious or illegal fishing in state waters (out to 9 miles offshore), please contact Texas Parks & Wildlife “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. 
 
After the Cobia seized an illegal Mexican fishing vessel, a female crewmember aboard the cutter sustained a head injury from a fall suffered due to the pitching and rolling sea state.
 
The crew of the Cobia immediately notified Sector Corpus Christi and requested the crewmember be medevaced. Sector Corpus Christi launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew which hoisted the injured crewmember from the deck of the ship and brought her to Naval Activity Support Corpus Christi to waiting EMS.
The crewmember was released from the hospital later that night and is back with her crew.
 
 
 
 
Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

UK Will Force Fridman to sell N.Sea Assets

Britain is ready to force the sale of Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman's recently acquired North Sea energy assets unless it receives unspecified assurances within the next week,

General Dynamics Board Increases Dividend

The board of directors of General Dynamics today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 69 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable May 8, 2015,

MacGregor Wins Chinese Shipyard Order

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Wuhu Xinlian Shipyard in China for eight MacGregor dry bulk cement handling systems.   The fully automated

Maritime Security

Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats

Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm

The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark

GOST to Unveil New Products at MSE Conference

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies),announced today that it will highlight its newest commercial maritime products at the 2015 Maritime Security East conference in Jacksonville,

News

Gulf of Mexico Sees First LNG-powered OSV

A special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) has been delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   The vessel, Harvey Energy, is chartered

Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats

Vancouver Container Fire Closes Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core.

Coast Guard

USCG Monitors Cargo Vessel Near Welch island Ore.

The Coast Guard is monitoring a vessel that lost propulsion and briefly grounded in the vicinity of Welch Island, Wednesday. The crew of the 738-foot bulk

Coastal Interceptors for Kuwait Coast Guard

Following an extensive evaluation protocol, the Kuwaiti Ministry of the interior has placed an order with Tampa Yacht Manufacturing LLC based in Florida – U.

Cargo Vessel Grounded on Scottish Coast Towed Today

The towing of the DFDS cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways began today at 1:00pm local time, the UK's Maritime Coast Guard Agency announced.   The vessel ran aground

Maritime Safety

Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm

The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark

USCG Monitors Cargo Vessel Near Welch island Ore.

The Coast Guard is monitoring a vessel that lost propulsion and briefly grounded in the vicinity of Welch Island, Wednesday. The crew of the 738-foot bulk

GOST to Unveil New Products at MSE Conference

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies),announced today that it will highlight its newest commercial maritime products at the 2015 Maritime Security East conference in Jacksonville,

Vessels

Food Handling Products Ordered for Ovation of the Seas

ALMACO informs it has been contracted to deliver food handling products for the Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum-class ship

Gulf of Mexico Sees First LNG-powered OSV

A special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) has been delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   The vessel, Harvey Energy, is chartered

Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3524 sec (3 req/sec)