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From beauty to waste dumps: Lakes plagued by pollution, sedimentation

  • Made Anthony Iswara, Jon Afrizal and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Jambi/Medan   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /  06:22 pm
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A fisherman rows his boat on Lake Toba, North Sumatra. (Shutterstock/DH Saragih)

In bygone days, fishermen at Lake Kerinci in Jambi could take home 50 kilograms of fish every day. But over the past five years, their catches have steadily dwindled and now they each catch only 3 kilograms of fish a day. Nowadays their catches contain more trash and plastic waste than fish. “The poor condition of the lake has decreased the size of our catches,” Mat Toris, head of the Bunga Setangkai fisherman group in Koto Petai village, told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Lake Kerinci is a popular recreation spot in Jambi, known not only for its scenic view but also its freshwater fish. But the second-biggest lake in Sumatra has also experienced a high level of pollution in recent years. The head of indigenous rights and advocacy group Lahar, Moesnadi Munir, said the lake’s degrading condition was the result of unawareness on the part of the local community a...