Case Study - Operation Backbone (Primary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION BACKBONE

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Social StudiesEnglish+34-6 Grade6th,7th Grade

This lesson contains 13 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 3 videos.

time-iconLesson duration is: 20 min

Introduction

This Case Study connects with our Lessons: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing 1 - 4. It focuses on our campaign Operation Backbone in Canada targeting the overfishing of herring.

Instructions

This Case Study connects with our Lessons: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing 1 - 4. It focuses on our campaign Operation Backbone in Canada targeting the overfishing of herring. 

This Case Study takes 20 minutes to complete.

Contact: education@seashepherdglobal.org
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SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION BACKBONE

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Introduction
This lesson is provided by Sea Shepherd.  Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 and is a marine conservation organisation working to protect the ocean and marine wildlife.  Sea Shepherd works globally on a range of issues impacting the oceans, running numerous direct action campaigns each year.  IUU and overfishing is one area Sea Shepherd is working in to help protect the marine ecosystem.

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

Slide 3 - Slide

Introducing Operation Backbone
Operation Backbone is defending herring. The aim is to protect the last herring in the Salish Sea, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Department of Fisheries data in 2019 showed a 60% decline in herring numbers from 2016.

Herring were predicted to be approximately 122,291 tonnes in 2019, but only 85,700 tonnes actually returned. Despite declining numbers a commercial herring fishery is allowed to continue. The fishery not only targets herring, but herring roe.

Slide 4 - Map

Salish Sea, British Columbia
The map shows the Salish Sea off BC, Canada.

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Supporting local ecosystems.

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Supporting local ecosystem
Herring are part of the local food chain, that supports local species, including Chinook Salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Slide 6 - Video

History of herring fisheries
Show this video (5.58min), which shows the history of the herring fisheries and the local food web it impacts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc4_2obn_6o

Slide 7 - Video

Operation Backbone
Show this video (3.18min), which explains Sea Shepherd’s concerns for the herring:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nztNeDLyhDI

Picture an inland sea where millions of tiny fish return each year providing nourishment to an entire ecosystem, without which salmon, orcas, birds and marine mammals of the Pacific Northwest coast would be doomed.

Slide 8 - Video

Call end to herring fishing
Show this video (2.27min), which explains the call to end herring fishing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEjq2SWzhFg


What wildlife species would be impacted by the collapse of herring numbers?

Slide 9 - Open question

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

“What wildlife species would be impacted by the collapse of herring numbers?”


Where are the herring and roe fisheries
sending their catch?

Slide 10 - Open question

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

“Where are the herring and roe fisheries sending their catch?”

Discuss whether students believe that this is a justifiable use of herring compared to the needs of the ecosystem?


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

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