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Story Publication logo May 29, 2015

Guatemala: Fishing in Lake Atitlán

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Image by Eric Halperin. Guatemala, 2015.
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San Juan La Laguna is one of ten Guatemalan towns that surround Lake Atitlán. Many of the town's...

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Bernadino Bizarro and other fishermen in his association keep their boats on the shore Lake Atitlán. Photo by Eric Halperin. Guatemala, 2015.
Guatemalan fishermen in San Juan la Laguna are having a difficult time making enough money to support their families. An increased use of fertilizers has contributed to pollution in Lake Atitlán that, along with the rising water level in the lake, has resulted in dwindling numbers of fish. In this video Bernadino Bizarro, a local fisherman, and Manuel Barrutia, a scientist who has been studying the lake, describe the fishermen's plight.

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