Name: Laura Sánchez
Ship’s Activity: Monitoring
Table 1. Panga counting done during the 27th 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|
|Net Fishing||Divers||Potential Net Fishing||Crossing|
|Hour||Pangas Outside ZTA|
|Net Fishing||Divers||Potential Net Fishing|
Notes: There were no pangas seen inside and outside the ZTA during the 26th of January between 20:00 and 23:00.
Total number of different pangas fishing today in the ZTA: 1.
Today it was quiet until around 11:00, when we spotted a panga with 6 men onboard just on the edge outside of the ZTA. They started retrieving a net that did not have any markers at the surface and that had a big mesh size. We communicated with the Navy and they sent a Defender that arrived when the panga had finish retrieving their net and seemed that they started to retrieve second one. They approached to them and after a conversation the Defender escorted the panga back to San Felipe. Later on we got informed that what they had was a flounder net. At 14:45 we spotted a panga without ID retrieving a net just at the north border of the ZTA. We saw with our drone that they were pulling flounders and showing them to us, as telling their net was a flounder net (which looked similar to the one we saw in the morning). They called another panga (Juanita II) that approached fast to our location, but just stayed next to the other panga until they finished retrieving the net and then both left. In between 16:00 to 19:00 a few pangas were spotted stationary just outside the ZTA very close to the borders, one of them inside.
Figure 1. Panga activity in the ZTA today 27th of January.
Figure 2. Radar screenshot at 15:00 when the panga with no ID was pulling a net.