Capture Fisheries


Lake Tanganyika is situated in the western arm of the East African Rift Valley, shared by four countries: Burundi (8%), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (45%), Tanzania (41%), and Zambia (6%). Due to geopolitical considerations and expansive area coverage, conducting research from the Tanzanian side proves methodologically advantageous

The strategic location of the research center in Kigoma town, adjacent to the lake shore, makes it an ideal hub for aquatic research at any scale. I extend a warm welcome to you in Kigoma and invite collaboration with our Institute for research geared towards the sustainable management and conservation of Lake Tanganyika

Our research facility in Kigoma offers a reliable power supply and a generously spacious laboratory furnished with cutting-edge instruments. Our capabilities extend to analysing fish biometrics and an array of water quality parameters, encompassing nutrient levels and other variables. Additionally, we conduct comprehensive studies on phytoplankton and zooplankton, microbial analysis, and heavy metal assessments, utilizing advanced technology like the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS).

Moreover, we are proud to offer our expertise with a team of experienced senior researchers and technicians available for collaboration. For water-based research expeditions, our two fiber boats equipped with inboard and outboard engines provide reliable transport to any destination within Lake Tanganyika

Once again, Karibu to TAFIRI Kigoma! Come and witness the beauty of Lake Tanganyika and its rich biodiversity as we work together towards a sustainable future.

The Research Center will perform the following activities:-

  • To co-ordinate and promote research activities within the Centre in collaboration with the Research Development and Coordination Directorate
  • To undertake research activities on projects approved by the Institute
  • To evaluate and recommend to the Institute applications for first issue or renewal of reserch clearance
  • To play a leading role in assessing reesarch needs and possible sources of funding
  • To develop and maintain research project and solicit funds for fisheries and aquaculture research
  • To prepare budget estimates for the centre activities
  • Effieciently and effectively manage resources of the centre
  • Keep an up to date inventory of fisheries research activities at the Centre
  • Establish a mechanism for planning, monitoring, contolling and coordinating fisheries research at the centre
  • Carry out, and promote the carrying out of, enquiry experiments and reesearch on fisheries nd aquaculture
  • Coordinate and facilitate supervision of field practical students, internships and volunteers at the centre
  • Encourage and provide for staff training and development
  • Provide administrative back-up to researchers and supporting staffs at the Centre and
  • Prepare period reports on research and administrative matters of the centre

The Reserach Centre will be led by a Director