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A local boy carries a bucket of Nile perch caught in Lake Albert.

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Locals catch Nile perch and carry water from Lake Albert.

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Locals carry bucket loads of tiny carpenter fish from Lake Albert.

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Along the eastern side of Lake Albert, the difference in vegetation is striking. On the east side of the main road lies the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve. One the west side lies a community area where cattle have severely overgrazed the landscape.

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Along the eastern side of Lake Albert, overnighting goats represent the pressure that increasing human populations have on the land. There are 4 to 5 goats for every Ugandan living in this community.

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A fishing village along the shore of Lake Albert, where locals have started sewing their mosquito netting together to literally strain the lake of the last of the fish here. All they’re getting are minnows at this point.

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Thunderstorms over the eastern shore of Lake Albert, Uganda.

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At the fishing village of Kyehoro residents dunk gerry cans at dusk in Lake Albert to gather dirty water to drink.

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At the fishing village of Kyehoro, local boys now catch what few fish remain. This lake used to be famous for its massive Nile perch, but sizes and stocks have dwindled due to massive overfishing.

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The fishing village of Kiryamboga, against the base of the east wall of the Albertine Rift.

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A late afternoon storm breaks over Uganda’s Lake Albert, a dramatic reminder of the region’s seasonal rain cycle.

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A boy holds up a tiny carpenter fish in the village of Kyehoro on Lake Albert in Uganda. Though huge, the lake is severely over-fished. Nile perch are now too small and too few to sustain the human population, so locals have taken to using mosquito nets stitched together to get their food. With mesh that small, no fish can escape. “Any aquatic organism that falls in the net is killed,” says a local guide. Residents of the area get 80% of their food and fish from the lake, which means serious trouble when the fish run out.

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