Coast Guard releases illegally caught fish

uscg-logoCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The crew of a Coast Guard Cutter, working with Operation Sea Serpent, recovered fish and shark caught illegally on longline gear by a Mexican lancha Friday in the Gulf of Mexico. The cutter’s crew located a Mexican lancha suspected of illegally fishing in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. They pursued the lancha, but were unable to intercept it. After returning to the lancha’s original location, the cutter’s crew located and retrieved 500 yards of abandoned longline gear with 17 sharks, four Red Snapper and two eels. Approximately 75 percent of the catch was still alive and was released. – Read more here  19:39

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