U.S. Coast Guard with air units confront Canadian fishing boat on Lake Erie

A Canadian commercial fishing vessel was boarded by a U.S. Coast Guard team for allegedly fishing illegally on Lake Erie on Thursday morning.

The province’s Ministry of Natural Resources contacted the U.S. Coast Guard around 8:45 a.m. about a Canadian boat potentially fishing in U.S. waters near North Bass Island (around the Ohio shore).

A Coast Guard station in Ohio launched a team on a law enforcement craft.

Air units from the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were also involved in the hunt.

The Canadian fishing vessel was found and stopped about 160 yards inside U.S. waters, according to the Coast Guard.

The vessel’s crew, gear and catch were detained and seized.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is pursuing penalties against the vessel and its owners.

“Partnerships, like the ones shown clearly in this case, aid in the prevention and interdiction of illegal activity,” said Lt. Jillian Lamb of Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

“Working with state and Canadian agencies helped us to accomplish our shared mission of protecting marine resources.

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