Case Study - Operation Sola Stella (Primary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION SOLA STELLA
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This lesson contains 17 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 6 videos.

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Introduction

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plans: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. It focuses on our campaign Operation Sola Stella supporting the government of Liberia to patrol their waters for illegal fishing activity.

Instructions

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plans: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing 1 - 3.   It focuses on our campaign Operation Sola Stella supporting the government of Liberia to patrol their waters for illegal fishing activity.  

This Case Study takes 20 minutes to complete.

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SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION SOLA STELLA

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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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Slide 3 - Video

Introducing Operation Sola Stella
In January 2017 the Bob Barker started a secret mission to protect the waters of Liberia from illegal poachers. Working with the Liberian Ministry of National Defence we set out on Operation Sola Stella to search for vessels operating illegally.

Show video (2.20 min) introducing Operation Sola Stella:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkIzhZyK_Yo&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbCvG-aU-car7H5sOSeMuTeP&index=23

Slide 4 - Map

The map shows the location of Liberia.
IUU activity in Liberia is up to 40% of the fishing catch.
IUU activity in Liberia is up to 40% of the fishing catch.

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It is believed the IUU activity in these waters could be as high as 40% of the catch.  These vessels conduct IUU activity by operating without a license, either to fish in the area or for the target species, or they are fishing in prohibited areas.
Artisanal fishing in Liberia.
6 nautical mile exclusion for for artisanal fishing.
Artisanal fishing in Liberia.
6 nautical mile exclusion for for artisanal fishing.

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Artisanal fishing
Liberia is unique and has a 6 nautical mile exclusion zone for artesian fishing. This area is set aside for fishing exclusively by the local people, by means of small scale traditional fishing in small boats, for local markets. Illegal fishing is impacting on coastal communities that rely on the oceans, putting at risk the food security for some communities, as the Illegal operators continue to violate these areas and strip out the fish.

Slide 7 - Video

Arresting illegal poachers
The campaign had immediate success with the arrest of illegal poachers. Since then Sea Shepherd has helped to detain and arrest 15 ships conducting IUU operations.

Examples
One vessel detained was a refrigerated cargo ship, which was held on identity fraud and IUU activity. It had transmitted a false identity to Liberian port authorities, where it planned to unload 460 tons of illegal fish cargo.

Show video (2.50min) which shows the first arrests during this campaign and how boarding and inspections take place.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I0hWEOJ3t8&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbCvG-aU-car7H5sOSeMuTeP&index=22

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Arresting illegal poachers
Three other vessels were arrested for other activities such as fishing without a license, illegal shipping of catch and trying to bribe law enforcement officers.

After a couple of months patrolling, the waters of Liberia became quiet as the word spread of Sea Shepherd’s presence and the arrests of illegal vessels.  

Show video (2.38min) Boarding and inspection of shrimp trawling vessel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51jFYw3n3Tg&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbCvG-aU-car7H5sOSeMuTeP&index=21

Labiko 2 caught poaching sharks for shark liver oil.
Labiko 2 caught poaching sharks for shark liver oil.

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Shark poachers
The Labiko 2 was arrested in November 2017, this vessel had previously been moved on from European waters. Part of fleet of 50 vessels in the 1990’s they used illegal gillnets to catch deep-water sharks in the North East Atlantic Ocean. Aboard the vessel they found shark liver oil production facilities were found, indicating the fleet has moved to West Africa.

Slide 10 - Video

Labiko 2 arrest
The video shows inspectors aboard the Labiko 2 and the illegal shark liver oil operation they found.  The Labiko 2 was responsible for killing around 500,000 deep sea sharks every year.

Show video (3.06 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4t0hE0xCg&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbCvG-aU-car7H5sOSeMuTeP&index=12

Slide 11 - Video

Overfishing and by-catch
One cause of overfishing and by-catch is the purse seine fishing industry, which uses massive nets up to 2 kilometres long.

Show video (2.09), which explains Purse seine fishing and the issue of by-catch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfbHCmsawHM&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbCvG-aU-car7H5sOSeMuTeP&index=8

Slide 12 - Video

Global impact
Sea Shepherd’s work is helping to bring fish back to the waters of Liberia, for the local people and for the ocean.

Show the video (3.15 min) hear from Sea Shepherd crew on board the Sam Simon why they joined the fight and the difference it is making in Liberia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZjsz-i2lSY&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbCvG-aU-car7H5sOSeMuTeP&index=2


How many sharks was the Labiko 2
potentially killing each year?

Slide 13 - Open question

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

“How many sharks was the Labiko 2 potentially killing each year?”


What other illegal activity was detected
on board the illegal vessels?

Slide 14 - Open question

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

“What other illegal activity was detected on board the illegal vessels?”



Write down three things you have learned?

Slide 15 - 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 16 - 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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