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Ship: Seahorse

Name: Laura Sánchez & Heidy Martinez

Date: 18/05/23

Ship’s Activity: Monitoring

 

Table 1. Small boat counting was done during the 18th of May from 00:00 to 04:00 and from 08:00 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 Small boats Inside ZTA
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing Crossing
10:00 1 0 0 0 1
11:00 1 1 0 0 0
12:00 1 1 0 0 0
13:00 1 1 0 0 0
Hour Small boats in the Buffer Zone
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing
13:00 1 0 0 1
Hour Small boats in the VR
 

Total

Net Fishing Divers Potential Net Fishing
11:00 1 0 0 1

 

Total number of different small fishing boats fishing today in the ZTA: 1.

Total number of different small fishing boats fishing today in the ZTA Buffer Zone: 0.

 

The weather forecast for the day was not good for Vaquita Survey conditions; we proceeded with normal monitoring operations in the ZTA.

Shortly after 10:30 we spotted a small boat in the south area of the ZTA. We contacted the Navy when we saw they had two nets in the water. They arrived an hour later, and the fishermen started to retrieve one of the nets when they saw the Navy approaching. The Navy went for the other net and proceeded to pull it in. Then the fishermen tried to get this second net on board from the other end, but they gave up and went back to the first net. The Navy confiscated the first net and went towards the fishermen that were still pulling their net. They both made contact with each other and then the small boat proceeded to move away, and the Navy finished pulling in the net. At 13:37 both the Navy boat and the fishermen small boat were underway to San Felipe.

Apart from that one small boat, there wasn’t any more fishing activity seen during the day.

Figure 1. Small fishing boat activity in the ZTA today 18th of May.

Figure 2. Radar screenshot at 11:01. Small boat fishing inside the ZTA is target number 1.

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