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Ship: Seahorse

Name: Laura Sánchez

Date: 19/01/23

Ship’s Activity: Monitoring

Table 1. Panga counting done during the night of the 18th of January from 20:00 to 23:00 with radar observations. The hours not represented in this table correspond to hours when no pangas were seen.

Hour Pangas ZTA Pangas Outside ZTA
20:00 0 8
21:00 3 0

 

Table 2. Panga counting done during the 19th of January from 00:00 to 19:00 with radar observations. The hours not represented in this table correspond to hours when no pangas were seen in the ZTA or outside.

Hour Pangas Inside ZTA
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing
06:00 2 0 0 2
07:00 3 0 0 3
08:00 5 0 1 4
09:00 11 0 11 0
10:00 8 0 8 0
11:00 9 0 9 0
15:00 1 1 0 0
Hour Pangas Outside ZTA
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing
07:00 2 0 0 2
08:00 13 13 0 0
09:00 10 10 0 0
10:00 10 10 0 0
11:00 11 11 0 0
13:00 3 0 0 3
17:00 6 0 0 6

Note: Just after 19:00 we left the Vaquita Refuge heading to Puerto Peñasco.

 

Today we saw a few pangas inside the ZTA in the morning; two at 7:00 and one at 8:00 were transiting. A Navy ship Interceptor was patrolling during the morning. They checked on the dive pangas that were in the center of the ZTA.

At 14:35 we spotted a panga with two nets in the water just at the border of the south area of the ZTA. We contacted the Navy and a Defender vessel arrived after 20 minutes. The panga (named Cachana’s I) recovered their first net from the water, and the Navy started to pull the second net from one side. Then the panga rushed to the other end and started to pull. Eventually the Navy cut their end and they confiscated the part of it that they retrieved. Cachana’s I left the area at 15:45. After that we didn’t spot any pangas in the ZTA until we left towards Puerto Peñasco.

Figure 1. Panga activity in the ZTA today. A few of the potential net fishing pangas in the morning were transiting the ZTA.

Figure 2. Radar screenshot at 15:00. Target 16 is panga Cachana’s I retrieving their nets.

Figure 3. Radar screenshot at 09:00. The different targets inside the ZTA were single or groups of diver pangas.

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