Dutch Anglers Save Fish as Rhine Drought Bites

GIESBEEK, Netherlands (AFP) — Angler Mark Kouwenhoven grins as he wades into what’s left of a dried-up Dutch lake where his colleagues are throwing slime-coated fish into buckets.

It’s not the kind of catch they’re used to — but that’s because this time they’re helping the government to save the fish from the drought gripping Europe.

Each fish will be moved nearby to the River IJssel, a Dutch branch of the drought-hit River Rhine that until recently had fed the lake with fresh water.

“It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it,” says the 32-year-old Kouwenhoven, a member of the Eastern Netherlands Sportfishing Association.

“We’re fishermen, we care for the fish, we don’t want them to die. We love fish!” he adds, dressed in a pair of long waterproof waders.

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