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Fishing for Trash


A local fisherman fills a sack with trash found on the shores of Lake Atitlán, in San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala. Photo: Jeff Abbot/Comvite
A local fisherman fills a sack with trash found on the shores of Lake Atitlán, in San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala. Photo: Jeff Abbot/Comvite

It’s early on a Saturday morning. Many residents of San Pedro la Laguna, a town located on the southwest shore of Lake Atitlán nearly 140 kilometers away from Antigua Guatemala, wash their clothes and bathe on the lakeshore. As the townspeople go about their day, the roughly 45 members of San Pedro’s Association of Fishermen walk along the shore telling jokes in Tz’utijil, listening to ranchero music, and collecting trash.

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