A Lake Is Full of Fish Again – level 3

19-02-2021 07:00

North Macedonia’s fishermen say that the future of Lake Dojran looks brighter with rising water levels and increasing number of fish.

The lake has an area of 43 km2 and it is shared between North Macedonia and Greece. Due to the overuse of the lake’s water for agricultural purposes, this Balkan lake almost disappeared when it lost two thirds of its water in the 1990s, and local fisheries and tourism nearly collapsed. To reverse the decline, the countries took measures to replenish and sustain the lake’s water levels. North Macedonia began pumping water from underground sources, and frequent and heavy rainfalls in the last years also helped restore the lake’s water levels.

Local fishermen say that there are now more fish in the lake; however, scientists say that people still face the consequences of the flora and fauna in the lake. There are sources of pollution that affect the water quality, and the level of water still isn’t properly regulated.

Difficult words: replenish (to fill something up again), flora (the plants of a particular area or time), fauna (the animals of a particular area or time).

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