Ship: Farley Mowat
Name: Jason Fonseca
Ship’s Activity: Patrolling
Table 1. Panga counting done during the 26th of October from 06:30 to 17:30 with radar observations. The hours not represented in this table correspond to hours when no pangas were seen.
|Hour||Panga Inside ZTA||Panga Outside ZTA|
Notes: Patrolling started at 06:30 as we observed many pangas coming from San Felipe crossing the ZTA.
At 08:30 we observed a panga with 3 men sleeping in it, upon being awoken by the Farley they started pulling nets frantically and they were approached by the panga Islas Del Golfo. Shortly after, this panga was observed cutting their net off its anchor and shoving it into a compartment on their bow, in the middle of their panga was a shrimp net that was believed to be a dummy net, they left the ZTA quickly to the east after packing away their net.
After, the Farley observed a drifting yellow marker buoy, far from ZTA boundaries. Its position was marked and recorded in panga details log.
Around 09:30 the Interceptor arrived and spoke with a group of 3 pangas, 1 of which was fishing. The other 2 pangas, the Gael and Arianny Camilla, cross our stern yelling curses at us and heading to San Felipe.
By 10:30 there are only 2 pangas on the radar within the ZTA, we observe the Mavina III pulling 4 flagged nets, some of which containing dead fish and rays. The Interceptor arrives but passes the Mavina III apparently needing to bunker fuel.
Around 12:30 we observe 2 pangas leaving the area fast as we approached, and at least 6 pangas with nets in the ZTA.
At 13:30 we arrive to the SE sector of the ZTA with at least 30 pangas in the area with nets in the water. Between this time and 15:30 we collected data for Pescadores V, Carmelita 1, La Folla, Cecillia, Cachana, and several other pangas with no names/IDs. When we approached pangas fishing, we often observed 1-2 others come nearby, possibly protecting nets. At 14:30 we observed the Guadeloupe pulling nets. There were too many pangas and nets in the area to collect data of all of them safely. At 15:40 we observe another panga Don Chilo 4 pulling nets.
At 16:30 we observe one panga with no name/ID pulling nets, and the Nicole/Gisel pulling nets in the ZTA again, 3rd time in 3 days patrolling. At 17:30 we head for NW sector of the ZTA to drop anchor for the night
Figure 1. Interceptor (TT 069) appears on radar. Approaching group of 3 pangas in the ZTA just after 09:30.