Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens are combating a seemingly un-winnable war with gill-netting Mexican poachers.
From KGBT Action News:
As the Rio Grande snakes its way towards the Gulf of Mexico, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game wardens patrol the winding river for illegal Mexican fishermen who stretch their nets across the river into the United States like this boat that is clearly on the Texas side.
Game Warden Dan Cantu said, “We are patrolling the Rio Grande River looking for illegal fishing gear, crab traps or gill net.”
On this day the warden’s confiscated several dozen-crab traps and some 300 feet of gill net.
“We cut it at the halfway mark. They can fish up to the halfway mark of the river. We usually leave their half on their side, and we confiscate the illegal net on our side,” said Jarret Barker, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden.
Each year, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens working out of Cameron County, the state’s southernmost county, confiscate some 10 to 15 miles of illegal gill net from the Rio Grande and Gulf of Mexico.