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Illegal net kills thousands of sharks off South Padre

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (AP) - As many as 3,000 sharks died in an illegal gill net state officials say stretched for miles just off the South Texas Gulf coast.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Steve Lightfoot says game wardens found the three-mile net just off the South Padre Island beach on Sept. 20.

Lightfoot says no arrests have been made, but officials suspect Mexican nationals set the net.

KGBT-TV of Harlingen (http://bit.ly/pnn07N) reports overfishing has all but ruined commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on the Mexican side of the U.S. border.

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