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CLIP 11954

Sustainable fishing: Lamalera whale-hunters in Indonesia

Sustainable fishing: Lamalera whale-hunters in Indonesia

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Key Info
  • Sustainable fishing: Lamalera whale-hunters in Indonesia
  • Duration: 05:14
  • A community living on Lembata Island are completely dependent on the ocean for their food. In a village called Lamalera they use simple and traditional methods to fish, that haven’t changed for years. It's the whaling season – and the villagers are determined to catch migrating sperm whales. A huge effort by the villager’s results in a successful fishing trip and after a long and tiring battle, a sperm whale is caught. The villagers of Lamalera catch only around six whales a year. This is called subsistence whaling. Catching a whale transforms the villagers' fortunes as whale meat; bone, skin and blubber all serve as currency on this remote island. Created especially for Class Clips from the BBC series Human Planet, first broadcast in January 2011.
  • Subject:



    People and the Environment: Tribes

  • Keywords: change, sustainability, overfishing, marine ecosystems, commercially extinct, artisan fishing, ecosystem, environments, fish stocks, fishing sustainably, whaling community, subsistence whaling, Indonesia, HumanPlanet, secondaryhumanplanet
Ideas for use in class
  • Locate Lembata Island on a map. Use this clip to exemplify how humans interact with a major ecosystem and how we can adapt to different environments. Students could consider what might happen to the people of Lamalera if whale stocks continue to decline. A useful introduction to sustainability. More information about the series, images and further clips can be seen on the Human Planet website:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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