Case Study - Operation Albacore (Primary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION ALBACORE

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Social StudiesEnglish+44-6 Grade6th,7th Grade

This lesson contains 16 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 5 videos.

time-iconLesson duration is: 20 min

Introduction

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plans: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. It focuses on our campaign Operation Albacore supporting the government of Gabon 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 Albacore supporting the government of Gabon 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 ALBACORE

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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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During the lesson we will use these icons to identify the learning actions.
Operation Albacore commenced in 2015.
Working with the government of Gabon.
Operation Albacore commenced in 2015.
Working with the government of Gabon.

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Introducing Operation Albacore
In 2016 Sea Shepherd started working with the government of Gabon to patrol their waters.

This allowed the Gabonese Navy (Marine Nationale) and Fisheries Observers from the Fisheries Enforcement Agency (ANPA) to conduct monitoring and boarding of both legal and illegal fishing vessels.  

These patrols have resulted in a number of illegal vessels being detained and legal fishing operations being caught conducting illegal fishing activity.  

Note: ANPA is now called DGPA – Department for Fisheries and Agriculture.

Slide 4 - Map

The map shows the location of Gabon.

Slide 5 - Video

Show the video (3.11 mins), which explains the campaign and plan to patrol Gabon’s waters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyEssjp_1Ow&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBnH1BBXzQtknEROG73UNO9&index=7&t=3s

Slide 6 - Video

Africa’s hidden Eden
The issue of IUU is a huge area to tackle and one where Sea Shepherd can help fill the void, especially where governments do not have the resources to cover areas where others will not go to patrol.  

Show the video (2.07 min), which explains about Africa’s wildlife and the need for patrols.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A7Du2ze2Ls&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBnH1BBXzQtknEROG73UNO9&index=14

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Documenting IUU and by-catch.

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Documenting illegal vessels
During Operation Albacore Sea Shepherd has been able to document the illegal activities of vessels that had licenses to catch certain species, but were caught with others including sharks.  Sea Shepherd has also documented numerous marine species who were caught as by-catch, including sharks, whale sharks, turtles and whales.

By-catch was found to be under reported by 3 to 4 times reported by-catch.
By-catch was found to be under reported by 3 to 4 times reported by-catch.

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By-catch
By catch is a huge issue and is often under reported by legal fishing operations.  During Sea Shepherd patrols in Gabon vessels have been found to have under reported their by-catch by 3 to 4 times what they have recorded in their logs, which means they could be recording only one in four fish caught as by-catch.

By-catch isn’t just marine life it can also be sea birds that are caught up in longlines.

Slide 9 - Video

By-catch
Show the video (2.36min), which explains purse seine fishing and by-catch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsmA0gX2qNk&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBnH1BBXzQtknEROG73UNO9&index=13

Slide 10 - Video

Marine Protected Areas
Operation Albacore has also found illegal operators raiding Gabon’s marine protected area.

Show the video (1.15 min), which shows the boarding and inspection of an illegal vessel in the marine reserve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0LFeMYJpNs&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBnH1BBXzQtknEROG73UNO9&index=20

Slide 11 - Video

Sea Shepherd crews spend long days on patrol monitoring and searching for illegal activity, the work can be hard and confronting, watching the destruction left behind by these illegal vessels.  But they also have the privilege of seeing marine life at their best, being visited regularly by whales and dolphins while on patrol.  A reminder of why we fight to save the oceans and marine life.

Show the video (2.03min) as the Bob Barker is visited by a massive pod of dolphins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKcqExPNy7c&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBnH1BBXzQtknEROG73UNO9&index=5


What is the mortality rate of
sharks caught as by-catch?

Slide 12 - Open question

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

“What is the mortality rate of sharks caught as by-catch?”


How much is by-catch
potentially under reported by?

Slide 13 - Open question

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

“How much is by-catch under reported by?”



Write down three things you have learned?

Slide 14 - 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 15 - 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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