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Copacabana Fishermen

Fisherman Marcelo Botafogo holds onto flounder he caught in the waters off Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Botafogo, who has been fishing here for three decades, says the fishing isn't so good anymore. He said he doesn't know exactly why, but tries not to think much about the fuller nets of yesteryear: "It makes me depressed."

Fishermen of Copacabana


Daybreak's glow silhouettes the rainforest-covered mountains nearby while the Atlantic's waters lap at cramped wooden fishing boats.

It's another day at sea for the men who sail out six days a week to try their luck.

But this isn't your average fishermen's port. It's Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach, its sands forming a golden crescent at the edge of a densely populated neighborhood.