Fish and water are declining sharply in Andean Lake Titicaca. Also due to climate change

“For example, not a drop of water fell here this week, even though we are in the rainy season,” Orieta Flores complained last week, according to El País daily, of one of the ALT projects that is trying to save endangered species by artificially inseminating fish.

Since 1993, they have fertilized 250,000 fish in the laboratory under this program.

Fishing as a source of livelihood

He is trying to save, for example, the endangered Yellow Orestias, named after Orest, a character from Greek mythology. According to Flores, at least 20 species of orestias have become extinct in the last six decades, and another six are at risk.

Yellow Orestias (Orestias luteus) in a 2014 video

Fishing on Lake Titicaca, which lies at an altitude of about 3,800 meters, has been a source of livelihood for many locals for thousands of years. In the lake, which covers an area of ​​about 8370 square kilometers, the Urs, who live on the reed islands floating on the lake, or the Ajmar hunted.

Women, who also engage in traditional crafts, such as weaving colored textiles, were mainly fishing there. In addition to fishing, the inhabitants of Lake Titicaca also live on tourist income.

In any case, according to the EFE, indigenous women from Bolivia and Peru also want to protect the lake, as this body of water, which the two countries share, is sacred to them.

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