Coast Guard nabs fisherman with 153 poached sharks

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Coast Guard crews intercepted and seized a Mexican boat and crew illegally fishing in U.S. waters Sunday, continuing the seventh busy day for federal fisheries enforcement officers.

They gathered approximately 17 miles of long line from U.S. waters near Corpus Christi, Texas, more than 500 fish and one vessel seized with several risky high-speed chases to evade Coast Guard crews.

The poachers intercepted Sunday had 153 sharks totaling more than 1,500 pounds.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon surveillance aircraft spotted a Mexican fishing vessel known as a lancha approximately 3 miles north of the border and 22 miles offshore.

It was moving fast toward the border.

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