Ship: Farley Mowat
Name: Jason Fonseca
Ship’s Activity: Patrolling
Table 1. Panga counting done during the 8th of November from 08:30 to 18:30 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|
Noticeably less pangas observed in the ZTA/VR today compared to yesterday, perhaps due to dense fog in the morning before 10:30. Patrolling started at 8:30 where we observed many pangas crossing the ZTA towards the east. At 10:30 we arrived in the CW sector of the ZTA to investigate large cluster of pangas on the edge of the sector in the ZTA. Navy vessels Interceptor and Oceanica were already in the area patrolling the west edge of the S sector of the ZTA. Between 10:30 and 13:30 we collected evidence of 9 pangas fishing illegally in the CW sector of the ZTA. Interceptor left west towards San Felipe at 11:30 and returned to patrol the S sector at 13:15. At 13:45 the Interceptor drove out panga Alexandro that was fishing illegally out of the ZTA and approach a 3-panga cluster just outside the ZTA. Oceanica was observed doing laps of the southern portions of the ZTA from 10:30-17:30. At 14:00 panga Arianny Camila, a registered dangerous panga, approached us asking if their nets were in the ZTA. They were ~400m within the CW sector of the ZTA but the interaction was a positive one. At 14:40 we observed another unnamed panga fishing but also a panga Capitan Paco filled with Sea Scouts from CONANP. Few children/adults and boat drivers, they rode alongside us as we entered the E sector of the ZTA. At 15:00 we enter the S sector of the ZTA and notice another large cluster of pangas fishing in the ZTA. At 16:00 SITREP was sent about panga El Noreno setting nets in the ZTA; navy vessel Oceanica continued their laps around the ZTA. At 16:30 we observed panga Don Chilo IV coming quickly to an unmarked plastic container that we were near. Plastic container was a disguised net float and this panga spent over 1 hour pulling this net. Another SITREP was sent at 16:30.
At 17:40 we spotted an unmanned red flag in the water. At 18:00 an unnamed panga promptly pulled the net and left the ZTA.
Figure 1. Panga activity in the ZTA during active patrolling hours.