Cerknica Lake, in Yugoslavia, dries up every year during the summer.
CU PULL BACK TO GV "Cerknica" road sign
GV PAN Cerknica lake, dried up
CU AND GV Stranded fish on lake bed (3 shots)
GV AND SV Fishermen netting remaining fish from small pools in the lake bed (4 shots)
CU AND SV Fish being placed in buckets (3 shots)
CU Fish in tank
SV AND GV Fish in buckets being carried away to streams in the vicinity (3 shots)
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Background: Cerknica Lake, in Yugoslavia, dries up every year during the summer. This year, it has run dry twice because the country has endured an unusually hot season. The millions of fish that normally live in the lake, have had to be rescued. Fishermen have done their best, but thousands of the weaker species have died. The waters in the lake run underground during the hot weather, leaving the fish stranded on the dry lake bed. The fish that are saved are put into fresh-water streams and gullies that run alongside the lake. Fishermen try to save the pike from the lake, because they are the most valuable. They say they have managed to save ninety per cent of them this year. The pike live with the other rescued fish in the fresh-water until the autumn rains--when the lake fills up again.