MEXICO: Crimp in the Shrimp

Dragging for the fat shrimp which wriggle along the warm Mexican gulf coast, fishermen from Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. make long, profitable runs. But the business also has its hazards. One pink-streaked dawn last week, off the coast at Soto la Marina, a Mexican gunboat steamed up beside seven trawlers flying the U.S. flag and trained its guns on them. "You are fishing illegally in Mexican territorial waters!" bawled the skipper. "Follow me into Tampico under arrest."

Two of the trawlers made a run for it and got away, but the remaining five chugged into Tampico...

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