Case Study - The Gambian Coastal Defense (Primary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION GAMBIAN COASTAL DEFENSE

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Social StudiesEnglish+34-6 Grade6th,7th Grade

This lesson contains 17 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 8 videos.

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Introduction

This Case Study connects with our Lessons: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing 1 - 4. It focuses on our campaign Operation Gambian Coastal Defense supporting the government of The Gambia to patrol their waters for illegal fishing activity.

Instructions

This Case Study connects with our Lessons: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing 1 - 4.   It focuses on our campaign Operation Gambian Coastal Defense supporting the government of The Gambia to patrol their waters for illegal fishing activity. 

This Case Study takes 25 minutes to complete.

Contact: education@seashepherdglobal.org
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SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION GAMBIAN COASTAL DEFENSE

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Introduction
This lesson is provided by Sea Shepherd.  Sea Shepherd is a marine conservation organisation with a mission to protect the ocean and marine wildlife.  Sea Shepherd works globally on a range of issues impacting the ocean, running numerous direct action campaigns each year.  IUU is one issue Sea Shepherd is working on.

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During the lesson we will use these icons to identify the learning actions.
Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Operation Gambian Coastal Defense.

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Introducing Gambia Coastal Defense
In August 2019 Sea Shepherd launched a partnership with The Gambia, the seventh African coastal State to join a growing effort to stop illegal fishing around the African continent through joint at sea patrols.

The waters of The Gambia are particularly rich in biodiversity, and over 200,000 Gambians depend on local fisheries for their livelihood. Sea Shepherd teamed up with the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources and The Gambia Navy to patrol the nine-nautical mile Special Management Area to conserve waters dedicated to artisanal fishing, and stop the routine incursions by industrial trawlers and poachers causing the decline in local fish populations.

Slide 4 - Map

The Gambia
The map shows the location of The Gambia.

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Patrolling Gambian waters.

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Patrolling
The Sam Simon, patrolled the waters of The Gambia from the end of August with four industrial trawlers arrested for a number of offenses.  When activity went quiet the Sam Simon, left The Gambia for the neighbouring country of Cabo Verde in order to plan a secret return.

The departure of the Sam Simon from The Gambia gave local fishing trawlers the impression that patrols had concluded.

Nine trawlers, believing the Sam Simon had departed, were subsequently documented fishing inside the Special Management Area, with one of those trawlers detected with its net in the water just 4.5 nautical miles off the coast, deep into protected waters.  With evidence in hand, the Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources instructed for the trawlers to be arrested in a series of night time raids executed by armed Gambian Navy sailors along the Gambian coast. A tenth trawler, operating near the other nine, was also arrested for not having proof of registration on board.

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Biodiversity.

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Biodiversity
The waters of The Gambia are particularly rich in biodiversity as the country is positioned where the nutrient-rich Gambia River meets the Canary Current. The livelihoods of over 200,000 Gambians are directly or indirectly dependent on local fisheries, while the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) believes that more than 46% of the assessed fish populations in the Eastern Central Atlantic are over exploited.

Sardinella and other small pelagic species are of critical importance to Gambians, which is why the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources instituted a nine-nautical mile Special Management Area to conserve waters frequented by artisanal fishermen. However, industrial trawlers routinely come close to the shoreline, with artisanal fishermen making daily complaints to the Ministry asking for compensation for nets lost to industrial trawlers running them over. Populations of sardinella are also rapidly declining due to these daily incursions.

Slide 7 - Video

Poachers arrested
Show this video (1.31min), which shows the arrest of two trawlers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scTdhoW3zNc&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=15

Slide 8 - Video

Another trawler arrested
Show this video (2.02 min), which shows patrols arresting another trawler:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RVivfBEcVQ&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=14

Slide 9 - Video

Shutting down poachers
Show this video (3.28min), which summaries the campaigns purpose:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCmG5WS4DPo&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=12

Slide 10 - Video

Fourth poacher arrested
Show this video (1.11 min), which shows the arrest of a fourth poacher:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG8miKFbWi8&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=11

Slide 11 - Video

Second patrol in 2019
Show this video (4.20 min), which shows a summary of the second patrol in 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP3oXb7um1Q&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=9

Slide 12 - Video

Shark finning
Show this video (1.35 min), which shows a shark finning operation arrested:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgSoUdDTNGE&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=7

Slide 13 - Video

Return to The Gambia in 2020
Show this video (3.02 min), which shows the return of patrols to The Gambia in 2020:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSM8gt2J1bM&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=6

Slide 14 - Video

Arresting poachers
Show this video (2.19 min), which shows another poacher being arrested:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBUEKYNtieU&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBsKCxtgLSHH5hkrDo6c1kH&index=5


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 didn’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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