Fishing for the Future


Some fish are tame enough to let themselves be held by Raut Kading for a few seconds.

Conservation often starts – and works best – with communities wishing to protect their environment.

Bounding down the rocks, Raut Kading swings an empty plastic bottle that he brought with him. As he reaches the banks of the Tengoa River, he smacks the bottle gently against the rocks, breaking the silence with dull hollow thuds.

Immediately, as if by magic, the river begins frothing and churning.

Fish, hundreds of them, swim up upon hearing this signal for food. Their powerful muscular bodies thrash the water as they rush for the fish food that he scatters, with some even allowing themselves be held briefly by him.

It appears that fish can learn signals as well as mammals can. And they can be tamed too, somewhat.

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