The sight of the gamekeepers is not always a deterrent. According to activists and local fishermen interviewed by the author, the guardians of Lake Skadar are sometimes part of the problem. “The rangers are partly responsible for high rates of poaching,” said Željko Radenović, an angler and activist at the Carp Protect Team, a non-governmental organisation devoted to safeguarding fish stocks in Lake Skadar. “It’s usually based on nepotism or bribe-taking, and often they are themselves the poachers.” Radenović and fellow anglers from the Carp Protect Team keep watch over the lake and inform authorities whenever they see electrofishing. A long-time poacher told the author he had heard of illegal fishermen paying bribes to rangers or giving them a percentage of their sales — though he claimed never to have done it himself because he knows most gamekeepers personally. “Once they took a harpoon and some fishing nets away from my father, but they soon returned everything,” he said. “It’s dangerous only when a new gamekeeper comes along. But they lose the will to do their job very soon, after their first paycheque.” Rangers said they earned between 200 and 300 euros a month.