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Ship: Seahorse

Name: Laura Sánchez

Date: 17/01/23

Ship’s Activity: Monitoring

Table 1. Panga counting done during the 17th of January from 09:00 to 20:00 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
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing
10:00 0 0 0 0
11:00 3 2 0 1
12:00 2 1 0 1
13:00 4 1 0 3
14:00 2 0 1 1
15:00 1 0 0 1
17:00 1 0 1 0
18:00 2 0 1 1
Hour Panga Outside ZTA
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing
10:00 1 0 0 1
11:00 1 0 0 1
12:00 5 2 0 3
13:00 10 1 0 9
14:00 6 0 0 6
15:00 0 0 0 0
17:00 0 0 0 0
18:00 0 0 0 0

We entered an empty ZTA shortly after 9am. We spotted a trawler around the Vaquita Refuge but they didn’t have their nets in the water. Around 10:35 we saw a few pangas inside the ZTA, and we filmed one (El Noreño) pulling a net of what it seem a large mesh size, maybe a large corvina net or totoaba. A SITREP was sent and the Navy sent the Interceptor about an hour later, which approached to another panga (Gianna Camila) that was pulling a corvina net inside the ZTA. With the drone footage, we saw many rays and several sharks being pulled in that net. El Noreño approached then to a buoy where they had another net, and the Navy instructed the two pangas to finish pulling their nets and leave the area.

The afternoon and evening were quiet, with a few pangas crossing the ZTA and a diver panga that was checked by a defender Navy ship around 14:00.

Figure 1. Panga activity in the ZTA today.

Figure 2. Radar screenshot at 13:00. Navy vessel Interceptor (target 55) is checking on the panga target 56 and instructed them to pick up their net.

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