Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest, in both cases, after only Lake Baikal inSiberia; it is also the world's longest freshwater lake and the body of water with one of the highest concentrations of heavy water. The lake is divided among four countries – Tanzania,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and DRC (40%) possessing the majority of the lake. The water flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.
The lake holds at least 250 species of cichlid fish and 75 species of non-cichlid most of which live along the shoreline down to a depth of approximately 180 metres (590 ft). The largest biomass of fish, however, is in the pelagic zone (open waters) and is dominated by six species: two species of "Tanganyika sardine" and four species of predatory Lates.
It is estimated that 25–40% of the protein in the diet of the approximately one million people living around the lake comes from lake fish. Currently, there are around 100,000 people directly involved in the fisheries operating from almost 800 sites around the lake.
Lake Tanganyika has stories of a monster, similar to the Lochness monster.
Most of our members in this area live and work upon the lake.