Case Study - Operation Vanguard (Primary)

SEA SHEPHERD CASE STUDY
OPERATION VANGUARD

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Social StudiesEnglish+34-6 Grade6th,7th Grade

This lesson contains 11 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 1 video.

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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 Vanguard supporting the government of Namibia 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 Vanguard supporting the government of Namibia to patrol their waters for illegal fishing activity. 

This Case Study takes 15 minutes to complete.

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

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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 Vanguard - The Namibia.

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Introducing Operation Vanguard
Beginning in April 2019, Sea Shepherd launched a partnership with the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) compliance officials to carry out joint surveillance activities with the Ocean Warrior in Namibia`s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Namibian waters.

These initiatives assisted the MFMR and other Namibian law enforcement agencies to force illegal and foreign industrial factory trawlers, suspected to have targeted horse mackerel stocks through IUU activities, out of the Namibian EEZ.

Slide 4 - Map

Namibia
The map shows the location of Namibia.

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Poaching in The Namibia.

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Poaching
Large foreign industrial factory trawlers have been ‘border hopping`, sneaking into Namibia`s EEZ at night, plundering fish, predominantly horse mackerel, off Namibia’s famed Skeleton Coast. These illegal incursions have been exacerbated by heavy fog and shipwrecks in the area thereby making detection difficult.

The illegal catches are transshipped to large refrigerated cargo vessels, also known as reefers, waiting to load the illegally caught fish just outside of Namibian EEZ. Refrigerated cargo vessels play a major role in IUU fishing, as legal catch can be mixed with illegal catch, thereby making it impossible to verify the origin of catches. That is why the Namibian Marine Resources Act bans transhipment out at sea and only allows it to happen in port or in the presence of law enforcement officers.

As a result of these intrusions, the Ocean Warrior started patrolling the northern waters of Namibia on April 26th to stop incursions by large foreign industrial factory trawlers.

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Detecting illegal vessels.

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Detecting illegal vessels
On April 26th this operation intercepted an illegal fishing vessel moving at trawling speed, 20 nautical miles south of the border between Angola and Namibia. On sighting the Ocean Warrior the illegal fishing vessel immediately changed course to escape apprehension. The Ocean Warrior came within 300 meters of the illegal fishing vessel, operating in close quarter in an effort to slow the larger vessel down. The unidentified fishing vessel had no discernible vessel markings, and unfortunately the illegal fishing vessel could not be boarded due to unfavourable weather conditions at the time.

Documenting IUU and by-catch.
Deterring poachers.

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Deterring poachers
The visibility of a patrolling presence off the Skeleton Coast by this joint operation caused a deterrence to fish poachers, as no further incursions occurred after the first vessel was intercept, ensuring that the joint patrols had the intended deterrent effect enabling horse mackerel numbers in the Namibian waters to recover from the fishing pressure of criminal operators.

Namibia has one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, especially after the Namibian government significantly reduced the number of legally-licensed horse mackerel fishing vessels operating in Namibian waters. But illegal fishing has recently increased. Vessels that have lost their licenses have now set up operations in neighbouring countries, with the intent of continuing to fish by illegally raiding Namibian waters.

Slide 8 - Video

Inspecting vessels
Show this video (2.00 min), which shows patrols inspecting fishing vessels:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9HyKSQtCY4


Write down one thing you have learned?

Slide 9 - Open question

What did you learn?
Ask students to answer the following question using www.LessonUp.app or discuss in the classroom.  

“Write down one thing you have learned?”


Write down one thing you didn't understand?

Slide 10 - 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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