U.S. Coast Guard interdicted a lancha boat crew and seized 40 illegally caught sharks in federal waters off southern Texas
U.S. Coast Guard finds 40 illegally caught sharks off Texas coast
Friday, August 05, 2022, 16:00 (GMT + 9)
The US Coast Guard has detained the crew of a Mexican ship and seized 40 illegally caught sharks in federal waters off the coast of South Texas.
According to the New York Post, the Mexican fishing boat was about 11 km from the border between the United States and Mexico. The Coast Guard caught four men on board fishing illegally and found 40 sharks that are illegal in the state of Texas. The poachers were turned over to US Customs and Border Protection.
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Illegal fishing for shark fins, which are considered a delicacy and served as soup in some restaurants despite the ban, is reported to have increased in the state. Thus, in April 2022, in one of the restaurants in the city of San Antonio, more than 400 shark fins were found, as well as entire carcasses of sharks.
Shark fishing is banned in many US states due to animal cruelty. Every year, between 70 and 100 million sharks are caught in the world for the sake of shark fins. According to rangers, sharks are usually caught, their fins removed, and the animals themselves thrown back into the ocean, where they die a painful death.
Source: Ветеринария и жизнь / fishretail.ru