OUTREACH

Across mahseer range countries, we have a number of outreach schemes both in the planning or in progress. These schemes mainly focus upon education, either working in collaboration with local communities to enhance the learning experience for kids, or trying to instill a better understanding of how rivers shape community life.

Every two years, we also run a range of camps in collaboration with World Fish Migration Day. These mainly revolve around angling, but also allow city kids the opportunity to get out into the countryside and experience a range of activities whilst learning about the need for river conservation.

ANGLING CAMPS

We feel that giving young people access to an outdoor education will equip them to better understand the pressures faced by river environments. By teaching angling as part of this education programme, not only do we instill in youngsters ideas about why fish and rivers are important, we also ensure they carry out the sport in safe and sympathetic ways for the fish, the habitat and their fellow anglers.

SCHOOLS

In the UK and India, we have been engaging with schoolchildren to enhance their education and give a better awareness of river and fish conservation. Through a number of projects in India, we have given kids the chance to take part in field research projects, thus taking them out of the classroom and into hands-on situations. In the UK, classroom projects not only help to build a picture of the needs of those who rely on correctly-functioning rivers in mahseer range countries, but also shows why this is also important for trade across the whole world.

CONFERENCES

We have convened conferences in several locations in India, with many high-profile and influential attendees. Bringing debate to local forums and allowing lively interchange of ideas creates a connection between many groups who may, otherwise, not have the chance to discuss the issues that affect them with those who can influence them. In future, we wish to continue with these small-scale interactions, and also to run a major whole-country scale event to allow our work and vision to be shared as widely as possible.

Upcoming conferences:

5th – 7th April 2017: Mahseer 2017 – International Workshop on Mahseer Conservation, Kochi, India

WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY

A bi-annual event, we use World Fish Migration Day to bring hundreds of people onto the banks of freshwater systems throughout mahseer range countries. Parents are encouraged to work with their kids, so that all ages gain a new appreciation of the health of freshwater ecosystems and why they are important for quality of life. We use angling, nature-awareness, art and music to build an exciting and interesting day away from the city.

TALKS

Both Adrian and Steve are available to give focused talks on a range of topics concerning mahseer and river conservation. Adrian’s stick mainly to science-based information, with subjects such as telemetry and morphology particularly well received by university-level students and beyond. Steve’s look into the effects and needs of conservation, or offer a more simple ‘layman’s’ look at the scientific work of the Trust.

From primary school children right up to interested senior citizens, our team can deliver a conservation message in an interesting and informal way, both in Europe and across mahseer range countries. For more information, please email steve@mahseertrust.org

SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION

Since 2011, the Trust has worked with a range of partners in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam to further boost the quality of research being conducted into mahseer and their habitats, and to raise the profile of those already doing steadfast work, often with little acknowledgment.

From State Fishery Departments to small NGOs and individual scientists to major research bodies, our aim is to connect across national boundaries so that all benefit from the better flow of information. We can proudly claim to have connected scientists across three continents and ten countries in the name of mahseer conservation.

A number of high-profile research papers have already been released (see Research and Conservation section), including one of the top-scoring publications in any biological field through Endangered Species Research. There are plenty more in the pipeline.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Many of the most dispossesed communities in mahseer ranges countries are also those who have the most intimate and detailed knowledge about the fish and their habitats. We aim to work closely with these communities both to ensure that their know-how is safe for future generations to benefit from, and that they also gain from the interchange of skills and communications with the wider world.

Through in-country partners, we are taking part in a range of programmes to access this vital information and to give back to their communities through economic benefit and cultural exchange.

FIELDWORK

Currently we try to run at least one science field trip to a mahseer river every year. We hope to increase this frequency in future years. As part of our vital studies into questions about mahseer ecology, we link with locals both in-country and at the venue. In this way, we ensure that as our knowledge of mahseer and habitat increases, those who most benefit from the work are key partners in the process.