Ship: Farley Mowat
Name: Jason Fonseca
Ship’s Activity: Patrolling
Table 1. Panga counting done during the 6th of November from 07:30 to 16:30 with radar observations. The hours not represented in this table correspond to hours when no pangas were seen in the ZTA.
|Hour||Panga Inside ZTA|
|Hour||Panga Outside ZTA|
We started patrolling in the CE sector and followed the Islas Del Golfo XI again pulling 4 nets from the area. SITREP was sent at 08:15 and the Interceptor arrived at 9:55. They began pulling one of the nets from Islas Del Golfo XI. The panga approached the Interceptor and pulled one of their nets underneath it. After they finished pulling all their nets around 10:15 the Interceptor drove the panga to the west towards San Felipe.
At 11:30 we arrived in the S sector of the ZTA to a cluster of 10 pangas fishing in the area. SITREP was sent again, and the Interceptor arrived at 12:30. Between 12:30 and 14:30 we identified the 10 pangas in the cluster with help from the Interceptor. During this time, we spotted several unidentified fish species in the nets being pulled by the pangas and 2 floating by. The Interceptor pulled the net of the panga Guadalupe at 13:30 and shortly after they drove out another panga from the E sector at 13:50. At 14:10 the Interceptor started pulling an unmanned pink shrimp net in the E sector that extended over 830m to the east out of the ZTA. At 14:30 the large Oceanica Navy vessel approached our stern and observed the Interceptor pulling this pink net which finished at 15:00. The Oceanica was patrolling the area until 16:30 and left the ZTA out of the E sector. They later crossed back over the ZTA west towards San Felipe at 18:30.
By 15:30 all but 2 pangas were left in the ZTA. We headed to the CW sector to investigate the last one on radar. We spotted the Rib. De San Felipe XXI with 3 green flags on board and one left in the water. They finished pulling their last net at 15:55.
Figure 1. Panga activity in ZTA throughout patrolling time. Approached large cluster of pangas at 11:30 in the S sector. With help from the Mexican Navy, we began to ID and drive them out of the ZTA.
Figure 3. Radar screenshot after driving away main panga cluster out of S sector of the ZTA with the help of the Interceptor. Large radar target entering the S sector from the west is the Navy vessel Oceanica approaching the Interceptor at our location pulling a +830m pink net from E sector of the ZTA.
The data presented in this report was recorded hourly by a biologist and at least one ship officer, by visual and radar observations and supplemented with media material.