Case Study - Galapagos Islands (Primary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
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Social StudiesEnglish+47-9 Grade9-11 Grade

This lesson contains 18 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 1 video.

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Introduction

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plans: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. It focuses on our working supporting the world heritage listed Galapagos Islands.

Instructions

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plans: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing 1-3.   It focuses on our working supporting the world heritage listed Galapagos Islands.  

This Case Study takes 20 minutes to complete.

Contact: education@seashepherdglobal.org
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SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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This lesson is provided by Sea Shepherd.  Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 and is a marine conservation organisation working to protect the oceans and marine wildlife.  Sea Shepherd works globally on a range of issues impacting the oceans, running numerous direct action campaigns each year.  IUU is one area Sea Shepherd is working on to help stop illegal fishing.
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Galapagos Islands - UNESCO World Heritage site.
Galapagos Islands - UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The Galapagos Islands are a series of volcanic islands surrounded by a protected marine reserve, which has UNESCO World Heritage status. The reserve covers some 70,000km2.  The islands are a part of the Republic of Ecuador.  Despite its protection it is still susceptible to poachers. 

Slide 4 - Map

The map shows the location of the Galapagos Islands.
What do you already know
about the Galapagos Islands?

Slide 5 - Mind map

What do you already know?
Ask students to answer the following question using www.LessonUp.app or discuss in the classroom.  

“What do you already know about the Galapagos Islands?”

Poachers target sharks and sea cucumbers.
Poachers target sharks and sea cucumbers.

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Sharks and sea cucumbers
Sea Shepherd’s work in the Galapagos is helping to protect the islands from overfishing by illegal poachers.  The two main species under threat are sharks and sea cucumbers.

Patrolling the Galapagos
Patrolling the Galapagos

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Providing patrol vessels
Sea Shepherd’s campaign in the Galapagos has been to provide the support and resources needed by the parks and wildlife officers to protect the waters around the islands.

In the early days Sea Shepherd had an agreement with the government of Ecuador to help protect the Galapagos, allowing our vessels to patrol the region, detecting illegal activities.   One investigation undertaken by our team in 2007 led to raids on mainland Ecuador, resulting in the seizure of 45,000 shark fins and 92,000 sea cucumbers that had been poached from the waters around the Galapagos.

Sea Shepherd donated patrol
supporting the national park rangers.
Sea Shepherd donated patrol
supporting the national park rangers.

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Donated patrol vessel
Sea Shepherd has been working to protect the Galapagos for over 20 years.  In the early days the national parks rangers had very little resources to patrol and protect the waters around the many islands. In 2000 Sea Shepherd was able to deliver to them a vessel, the M/V Sirenian, so they could undertake patrols. The ability to increase surveillance in the area led to more illegal vessels being caught and long-lines being removed, which has led to a reduction in illegal poaching.

K9 Unit
Detecting wildlife smuggling operations.
K9 Unit - Detecting wildlife smuggling operations.

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K-9 detection unit
In 2008 K-9, sniffer dog units were set up in partnership with the Ecuadorian National Police to help detect illegally smuggled wildlife. Kennels have been set up on 3 of the main islands for the teams to work from.

This allows them to check ports and airports to detect smuggling operations. Sea Shepherd helps to fund the training and taking care of the dogs, as well as re-homing dogs when they retire.

Children's shark education program.
Teaching the importance of protecting sharks.
Children's shark education program.
Teaching the importance of protecting sharks.

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Shark Education program
Sea Shepherd ran an education program on Shark awareness for local schools in the Galapagos, to educate children on how to help protect the future of sharks in the marine reserve.

Supporting the legal system.
To ensure illegal operators are prosecuted.

Supporting the legal system.
To ensure illegal operators are prosecuted.

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Legal system
Sea Shepherd has also been working to strengthen the laws to protect the marine park and increase the prosecution of poachers, as well as producing an Environmental law manual.  Sea Shepherd Legal is helping to assist in the prosecution of illegal poachers detected in the region.

Slide 12 - Video

Summary of Sea Shepherd’s work
This video (11min), shows you a little of the work being undertaken in the Galapagos.


The full documentary (33.31 min) is available here to watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K4UOKYcPQk&t=464s



What four ways has Sea Shepherd helped to increase protection for the Galapagos Islands?

Slide 13 - Open question

Ask students to complete their answers to the following question using the www.LessonUp.app or discuss in classroom.

“What 4 ways has Sea Shepherd helped to increase protection for the Galapagos Islands?”


What species are targeted by poachers
in the Galapagos Islands?

Slide 14 - Open question

Ask students to complete their answers to the following question using the www.LessonUp.app or discuss in classroom.

“What two species are targeted by poachers?”

Why is it important to have
marine reserves and
protected zones?

Slide 15 - Mind map

Ask students to complete their answers to the following question using the www.LessonUp.app or discuss in classroom.

“Why is it important to have marine reserves and protected zones?”



Write down three things you have learned?

Slide 16 - Open question

What did you learn?
Ask students to answer the following question using www.LessonUp.app or discuss in the classroom.  

“Write down three things you have learned?”



Write down one thing you didn't understand?

Slide 17 - Open question

What don’t you understand?
Ask students to answer the following question using www.LessonUp.app or discuss in the classroom.  

“Write down one thing you didn’t understand?”

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