Texas is seeing more and more illegal fishing in the country’s borders.
A recent article in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine made the case for an increasing issue revolving around illegal long-line fishing in the U.S.’s Gulf waters.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the U.S. Coast Guard are using “wanted” posters to attract any information they can related to illegal fishing in Texas-Mexico waterways.
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A multitude of cases, including illegal long lining, gill netting, crabbing, hoop netting, shrimping and other offenses, are filling up the TPWD’s investigation resources.
Members of the fishing public are encouraged to report suspicions if they feel they have witnessed illegal fishing. The TPWD’s Operation Game Thief hotline can be reached at 1-800-792 GAME (4263). Tips also may be sent by text message to 847411. Include the letters TPWD in the text. The U.S. Coast Guard may be contacted at (361) 939-6393.