Fisherman on Lake Tanganyika, Mishemba Bay, Zambia. From Wikimedia Commons user: Worldtraveller
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Fish are becoming more scarce in Africa's oldest and deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika, because of climate warming, not just overfishing, U.S. researchers said this week.Researchers found that the lake has been warming since the 1800s, leading to a decline in lake algae which fish feed on, and decreasing numbers of fish.Large-scale commercial fishing began on Lake Tanganyika in the 1950s, and some have raised concern that overfishing may be threatening the lake's fish.The lake provides 60 percent of the animal protein to feed people in the region, and yields some 200,000 tons of fish annually.
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