Slideshow - Fishermen on Lake Tanganyika

  • A crew prepares the boats for a night of fishing on Lake Tanganyika in the northern Zambian town of Mpulungu

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  • Paraffin lamps, which float on the water and are used to attract the fish, are filled and pressurized

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  • The four lamp boats are loaded on to the mother boat

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  • Crew members eat during the one-hour journey to the fishing area

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  • While the lamp boats take up position, other members of the crew fish with hooks and add to the catch

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  • A 100m ring net is cast from the mother boat to catch the haul

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • An approaching storm adds to the urgency of the expedition

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  • The catch is small and when the storm moves in the night's fishing is cut short

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  • Women traders buy fish from the fishermen to trade at Ngwenye market in Mpulungu

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  • The smaller kapenta variety of fish is thrown on to the concrete to dry

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • The two commercial fish, kapenta and buka buka, are frozen at minus 40 degrees Centigrade, and sold in the capital Lusaka

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  • Commercial operations also line the Zambian shores of Lake Tanganyika, but their role is limited to packaging and freezing the fish

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Fishermen on Lake Tanganyika

August 2011 - Fishing for a living on Lake Tanganyika has become a gamble, with the rising costs of fuel and the ever greater distances navigated to catch fewer fish stacking the odds against those working in the industry
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