Peru's normally thriving fishing industry is at a standstill because of a rare ocean current which has wiped out this season's anchovy catch.
SV and CU Anchovies in jar with fishing fleet anchored in back-ground. (2 shots)
GV pan Idle anchovy boats.
SV and CU Out of work fishermen on dockside with empty baskets. (5 shots)
SV Fishermen play football on beach beside dead pelican
LV Unemployed men outside fishmeal factory.
CU Factory sign.
LV pan and CU Idle factory machinery.
GV and CU Unemployed fishermen outside union office. (3 shots)
LV and CU's Fishermen working as building workers (6 shots)
Initials DF/JM 17.18 DF/JM 17.50
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Background: Peru's normally thriving fishing industry is at a standstill because of a rare ocean current which has wiped out this season's anchovy catch.
Fishing fleets are idle and the government is having to support unemployed fishermen and fish process workers.
The problem is a current of warm water starting near the Equator which flowed down the Peruvian coast and held back the cooler waters of the Humboldt current, a stream of water which carries the plankton on which anchovies feed.
Seeking refuge from the surge of warm water, the fish concentrated in pockets of colder water near the coast. They were quickly fished out by Peru's modern fishing boats, although Government fishing regulations were followed carefully.
Now the fishermen may have to wait until February before the anchovies spawn and fishing can begin again.
Seabirds are also dying because there is no fish food.
In the meantime, the Peruvian Government is faced with paying out some 400 million soles (about $US 9 million) each month to keep the fishing industry alive. Some fishermen are finding alternative work on building sites.