Last updated: 23 march, 2010 - 16:34 GMT

Fishing in the Galapagos Islands

Fishermen in Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are best known as a natural paradise, home to the unique animals and beautiful landscapes which inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

However the animals are not alone on the islands - an estimated 25,000 people also live there, many of whom rely on fishing for their main income.

In the past the most lucrative species to fish for were lobsters and sea cucumber.

But now, with the rapid increase of the population, both species are under threat and the fishermen have been forced to find alternative sources of income.

In response, some people have turned their traditional skills into a tourist attraction by taking visitors out to sea to discover the different ways that fish are caught.

Podalirio Herrera is one of them. Outlook's Irene Caselli went to meet him to find out more for herself

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