A journey to the heart of the wild river By Sandeep Chakrabarti The search for the critically endangered orange fin/humpback mahseer (Tor remadevii) had just begun. WASI had planned a recce to the Moyar River in South India. Dr. A. J. T. Johnsingh was our lead scientist with the relevant contacts in the concerned government
An interesting article shared by Ryan Lobo … about how sustainable commercial fishing can also help protect a species. Counter intuitive.. But true! https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/fishing-for-change-local-management-of-amazons-largest-fish-also-empowers-women/
The WASI example is highlighted in this article which suggests that a new approach towards the management of wild areas needs to be considered for India. One where local communities are made central to conservation. https://india.mongabay.com/2020/07/commentary-making-communities-central-to-conservation/
Large scale devastation of local ecosystems by voracious alien species is becoming obvious only of late. Often by the time the problem is identified, it is already too late. A case in point is the highly invasive African Catfish that was introduced into Indian waters as an easy growing food source, and has now wiped
Shishir Rao writes about how small hydel projects affect not only the aquatic life, but the entire ecosystem, as well as the humans that live in the landscape..
An interesting article by Naren Sreenivasan, that appeared in the online portal, The Bastion… It makes a powerful case for the link between angling and conservation… Do read and share widely. https://thebastion.co.in/po…/hooked-angling-for-conservation
Article in the Deccan Herald by Sandeep Menon on the importance of Mahseer conservation and how it functions as an important marker for the health of the Cauvery River ecosystem as a whole. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/main-article/why-do-fish-matter-743955.html
A lovely article by Sandeep Chakrabarti .. Celebrating the early work done by WASI on the Cauvery River https://www.magzter.com/article/Science/Sanctuary-Asia/The-Unsung-Foot-Soldiers-Of-Mahseer-Conservation
The Madhya Pradesh forest department is experimenting with artificial breeding of Mahseer fish at their newly developed in-situ conservation centre at Barwaha. https://www.hindustantimes.com/indore/mp-experiments-with-artificial-breeding-of-mahseer/story-gpIYJz33U7DucBD0hvjWjJ.html
We found the remains of several gaur along the river banks, evidence that tigers often kill these large wild cattle. During our four-day stay, we saw at least 1,000 chital, 100 blackbuck, several gaur and sambar.