Name: Laura Sánchez
Ship’s Activity: Monitoring
Table 1. Panga counting done during the night of the 2nd of February from 20:00 to 23:00 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 ZTA||Pangas Outside ZTA|
Note: One panga seen transiting the ZTA towards San Felipe.
Table 2. Panga counting done during the 3rd of February 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|
Total number of different pangas fishing today in the ZTA: 1.
Today the weather was calm as yesterday, so we expected to see diver pangas around. They started to come out mostly at 7:00, and by 9:00 they had congregated in several clusters in the center of the ZTA, with a maximum total of 26 today. We also saw movement of pangas that transited to the northwest area; between 6:00 and 7:00 there were about 12 pangas crossing the ZTA (2 of them were seen with fishing gear on board), and between 7:00 and 8:00 we saw about 7 pangas crossing to the same area (there were probably more pangas outside of the ZTA than counted). At 13:20 we spotted a panga that stopped in the center area of the ZTA. We launched the drone and we could see how they were retrieving a shrimp net that did not have any markers on the surface. We contacted the Navy, but the panga finished retrieving their net 30 minutes later and when the Interceptor arrived shortly after, they had already left the area. The Interceptor stayed around the ZTA inspecting the diver pangas afterwards.
The majority of the clam fishing pangas stayed in the area for three – four hours, but there were still some of them by 15:00 – 16:00.
Figure 1. Panga activity in the ZTA today 3rd of February.
Figure 2. Radar screenshot at 10:00, around 26 dive pangas in different clusters in the ZTA.