• The problem of rubbish dumping in Peru

    When I visited Huanchaco in the North of Peru recently as part of my work with Habitat Pro, one of the things I was most looking forward to was visiting the totora ponds or totorales. These ponds are where the reeds grow that the artesan fishermen use to make their fishing boats – an ancient Mochica Chimu tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. However, when I went to see the ponds, I was shocked and saddened to see so much rubbish in and around them. How could anyone throw rubbish in such an important area?Read more

  • The Mochica Diaries: Meeting Huanchaco’s fishermen

    In my second week in Huanchaco I have had the opportunity to meet more of Huanchaco’s Mochica Chimu fishermen community.

    I learnt that the typical day of a fisherman starts very early. The fishermen make their way to Huanchaco beach to start fishing as early as 05.30am and spend about four hours on the water. They then go to the market to sell the fish, sometimes with the help of their wives or other female family members. The afternoons are usually spent fixing nets or going to the totora ponds to harvest the reeds or make a boat. The fishermen usually end their day at around 9pm, in order to get up early for the next day. The fishermen explained to me that it is quite a precarious trade – on some days there are lots of fish to be found and on other days none. Also, sometimes the waves are too rough to go fishing.Read more