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Back at the Kokaral encampment, a group of the younger fishermen lounge about in the back of their van and wait to be called back onto the water. The construction of a 13km dyke and dam at the foot of the Northern Aral has caused water levels to rise 12 metres from its lowest level in 2003. And with the increased water, its salinity has dropped, meaning that fish are now in sufficient numbers to make fishing viable.