The fishery sub sector in Burundi contributes 1% to the country’s GDP. Fishing is mainly carried out on Lake Tanganyika.
Characteristics of the sector
- Several regions are adequate for fish farming
- Burundi Fishing is mainly practiced on Lake Tanganyika
- Fishing is in most cases for local consumption.
- Temperatures offering potential for breeding ponds which are usually located at altitudes between 1,500 m and 1,800 m.
- The annual fish consumption in the country is about 2 kg per capita.
- The fisheries sector is privatized in Burundi, but little developed, artisanal and traditional fishing are dominant.
Volume of fish catches by water body
Lake Tanganyika contains many sought after fish species. It harbours a particularly rich and diverse fish fauna, with close to 300 species of cichlidae and non–cichlidae, approximately two–thirds of which are endemic.
The fishing sector depends on natural water bodies which accounts for 2,600 sq km of total area of Burundi.
Lake Tanganyika the largest lake and second largest fresh water lake in the world contributes fish catch of 250,000 metric tons with yearly production of 167,000 tons.
Market for fish
Local market for fish products is guaranteed as fish has remained on high demand in Burundi
Fisheries sub sector has been summarized to include the following