Status: Ongoing

Geophysical Habitat Mapping for Fisheries Conservation at Nsumbu Tanganyika (Zambia)

This project aims to improve the productivity of Lake Tanganyika’s fishery in Zambia, by securing food resources and improving the health of thousands of villagers in the vicinity of the Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project co-management area, by using high-resolution geophysics and limnogeological sampling (sediment cores and dredge samples), detailed echosounding, side-scan sonar, and CHIRP seismic reflection profiling, and providing the scientific foundation for defining coastal “no-catch” zones that will be monitored and maintained by local villagers, allowing the health and productivity of fish stocks to recover.

Project partners

The University of Kentucky (UK), The University of Oklahoma (OU), The Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), Republic of Zambia, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Department of Fisheries, Mpulungu Province, (Zambia-Fisheries), The people of Munshi, Ndole, Nsumbu, Nkamba, and Kabiolwe villages

UNSDGs addressed

SDG 2 – No Hunger