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Capacity building for a sustainable fishery in Lake Tanganyika: biological monitoring and socio-economics of sardine stocks


We aim to improve knowledge on sardine fisheries in Lake Tanganyika (LT) and to provide a platform for stakeholder involvement in management and decision making. The LT sardine fishery is an essential source of protein for millions of people, yet yields are declining due to overfishing, climate change and changes in land use. In cooperation with a research institute in Uvira (CRH, DR Congo) we compile new knowledge on the biology of two sardine species to synchronise management strategies with actual life histories. We look at population structure, spawning areas and migration, using a wide range of techniques and incorporating traditional knowledge, gathered through interviews. To optimise economic value of the catches we look at the supply chain. We provide a platform for stakeholder involvement in the form of interviews, workshops, brochures and policy briefs. We strengthen the capacities of local scientists to continue the research, by involving them in every step, supporting a master student and participation in workshops in neighbouring countries to optimise local monitoring and management.

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2018 - 31/12/2019

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Filip Volckaert
Local promoter Pascal Mulungula Masilya
Local partner institution KU Leuven
Local partner institution Centre de Recherche en Hydrobiologie
Other Flemish Partners Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen
Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika
Budget € 69.975