Croc-catastrophe: Overfishing, theft scaling back Egypt's crocodile reserves
A nature reserve official has warned that the number of crocodiles in Egypt’s largest man-made lake has dropped due to illegal overfishing and theft, Ahram Online website reported Wednesday.
There were 81 crocodiles three years ago but only 41 are left in Lake Nasser, Mohamed Ezzat of the Nature Reserve Authority in Upper Egypt told state news agency MENA.
Ezzat said large crocodiles were captured because their skin can be sold for high prices.
Lake Nasser, considered to be one of the largest man-made lakes in Africa, is located in southern Egypt.
It was created when the Aswan High Dam was built in 1970.