Case Study - Operation Nyamba (Secondary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION NYAMBA
1 / 13
next
Slide 1: Slide
ScienceGeography+47-9 Grade9-11 Grade

This lesson contains 13 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 2 videos.

time-iconLesson duration is: 15 min

Introduction

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plans: Sea Turtle Poaching. It focuses on our working to stop poaching of sea turtles in Mayotte.

Instructions

This Case Study connects with our Lesson Plan: Sea Turtle Poaching.   It focuses on our working to stop poaching of sea turtles in Mayotte.

This Case Study takes 15 minutes to complete.

Contact: education@seashepherdglobal.org
© Sea Shepherd 2021

Items in this lesson

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION NYAMBA

Slide 1 - Slide

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.
What you already know...
You are going to learn...
Action required!

Evaluate your knowledge

Click on the image

Watch  the video

Slide 2 - Slide

During the lesson we will use these icons to identify the learning actions.

Slide 3 - Video

Operation Nyamba is protecting green sea turtles on the French Island of Mayotte, as they come ashore to nest.  While the island is a protected marine reserve, turtles are killed for their meat.  Sea Shepherd crew are patrolling the beaches at night to protect the turtles.

Show this video (4min), which explains the situation on Mayotte.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7czTHGkjtM&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBSe4LHRwNDsGN8RnoDVMk0&index=3

Slide 4 - Map

The map shows the location of Mayotte.

Mayotte is an island in the Indian Ocean, located between Madagascar and Mozambique, with an exceptional natural heritage. It is home to a protected marine reserve of 68,381km² with an exceptional but fragile biodiversity. The area is protected on paper only, due to a lack of means to guard it.

Green sea turtles returning to nesting beaches are under threat from poachers.
Green sea turtles returning to nesting beaches are under threat from poachers.

Slide 5 - Slide

Nesting turtles
To lay their eggs sea turtles return to the beach where they were born. They are then an easy prey for poachers who await them, armed with machetes.
After cutting off their flippers and head, they open the shells and take the meat, which is sold for up to 40 euros per kilo on the black market to wealthy members of the community. Their eggs, so precious for the next generation of turtles, are left to rot on the sand.
There are not enough guards to protect the turtles and access to the most dangerous beaches has been banned at night, due to the presence of poachers. The turtles are completely abandoned to their sad fate

Hundreds of sea turtles are taken by poachers each year.
Hundreds of sea turtles are taken by poachers each year.

Slide 6 - Slide

Poachers
Officially, over 230 sea turtles were poached in Mayotte in 2016 and nearly 300 in 2015 poaching,

Sea Shepherd estimates, the real figure is closer to a thousand turtles killed.

The goal of this campaign is to deter poachers by our presence.

Working with locals to increase patrols and protection for Green sea turtles.
Working with locals to increase patrols and protection for Green sea turtles.

Slide 7 - Slide

Local cooperation to protect sea turtles
Sea Shepherd is looking to work with local associations that do not have the means to act alone. We are in the process of establishing a network to help protect sea turtles.

The goal will then be to extend patrols throughout the year and to increase the number of secured beaches.

On Grande Terre, Sea Shepherd already patrol with local Mahorais teams. Turtle poaching is one of Mayotte’s problems, but on a wider scale, poaching is also affecting the whole lagoon.  

Slide 8 - Video

Night patrols
Show this video (2,57 min), which shows Sea Shepherd volunteers on night patrol and nesting turtles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2MFhIeA6JY&list=PLx1pnhQVtbbBSe4LHRwNDsGN8RnoDVMk0&index=4



Why is it important to work with local people?

Slide 9 - Open question

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

“Why is it important to work with local people?”


What species of sea turtle is
being targeted by poachers?

Slide 10 - Open question

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

“What species of sea turtle is being targeted by poachers?”



Write down three things you have learned?

Slide 11 - 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 12 - 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?”

www.seashepherdglobal.org

Slide 13 - Slide

This item has no instructions