Name: Laura Sánchez
Ship’s Activity: Monitoring
Table 1. Panga counting done during the night of the 3rd 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: Two pangas seen transiting the ZTA towards San Felipe.
Table 2. Panga counting done during the 4th 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: 4.
The pangas started to show up early in the morning today. We saw a lot of movement of pangas transiting to the northwest area, mostly between 7:00 and 8:00 when we spotted around 23 (4 of them were seen with fishing gear on board). Clam fishermen took advantage of the calm day and congregated in clusters in the center of the ZTA; the maximum total was 30 diver pangas today. The majority of them stayed in the area for six hours.
Yesterday evening, one of the Navy’s warship moved its anchor location to the ZTA, concretely to the center-south area. This morning a Defender vessel was spotted at 8:30 close to this warship, and they were there for at least an hour. An Interceptor also was seen patrolling the ZTA between 9:00 and 10:00.
At 14:30 we spotted 3 pangas in the north area of the ZTA, just inside. There were 3 nets in the water that we could see, which went between the ZTA and outside. We contacted the Navy and launched the drone, recording how two nets of small mesh size were retrieved. At 15:15 a fourth panga arrived in the area and started to retrieve another net that was also inside. The Interceptor arrived at 16:15 and approached to the pangas, which by then they were all just outside of the ZTA. At 17:00 the Interceptor left, and the pangas left approximately 30 minutes later.
Figure 1. Panga activity in the ZTA today 4th of February.
Figure 2. Radar screenshot at 15:00, the two targets are two of the pangas with nets inside the north of the ZTA.
Figure 3. Radar screenshot at 10:00, around 30 dive pangas in different clusters in the ZTA.