The Department of Parks and Wildlife suspect Mexican fishermen for the illegal netting and deaths of 2,000 - 3,000 sharks off the coast of Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials were shocked by the number of dead sharks found in the 2-3 mile long illegal net pulled from the Gulf Coast. The illegal gill net was dropped 4 miles north of the Mexican border in Texan waters. Fishermen from Mexico are frequently caught dropping illegal gill nets in US waters because fish population in Mexican territory have been so badly decimated.
After 15 years in the Parks and Wildlife Department pulling up illegal nets, Sgt. James Dunks says “this is by far the most sharks I’ve ever gotten in one load.”
Every year, fishermen kill 73 million sharks every year. The individuals responsible for this particular illegal netting have yet to be identified.