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Lake Wamala

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Seventy kilometers to the west of Kampala is Lake Wamala. After being stocked in 1956 the lake was a productive fishery in the 1960s and early 1970s, providing a major source of fresh fish for the city of Kampala as well the local residents surrounding the lake. However, the lake was seriously overfished and the fishery had largely collapsed by the mid 1970s.

The shallow lake’s levels have fluctuated with changes in precipitation through the recent decades. In the 1980s its surface covered roughly 250 sq km. During the 1990s its surface shrank to roughly half that size. It has more recently recovered much of its surface area, however Lake Wamala’s future management remains a concern for those who live in its vicinity.
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