Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:59 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2013 11:39 AM
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The U.S. Coast Guard seized hundreds of pounds of fish from 2 small Mexican fishing boats near Boca Chica Beach. Crews found 300 pounds of red snapper, several sharks and other fish.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter spotted the Mexican boats in U.S. waters Friday. A chase led Coast Guard authorities to a second boat fishing illegally. Along with the fish, officials retrieved about 25,000 feet of illegal nets.
CBP officials turned over the six fishing crew members to Mexican authorities.