LAKE BANGWEULU IN ZAMBIA
When one looks out over Lake Bangweulu, the gray blue waters disappear into the horizon, blending in completely with the color of the sky and it’s difficult to tell just where the horizon is. ‘Bangweulu’ means ‘The Place Where the Water Meets the Sky.’ The lake is used mostly for fishing. The main catches in the Lake are Cychlids (bream, tigerfish, yellow belly) and catfish. About 57 000 metric tons of fish are harvested from the Lake each year. Although fish stocks are not in danger, catches are declining and the favored species are becoming thinner. The fisheries of the Bangweulu are one of the largest in Zambia. This has lead to some of the highest population densities around the lake where commercial fishermen have settled. Samfya is the largest town on the Lake, developed in the mid 1900’s as a fishing village.