RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION
Despite being among the world’s largest and most threatened freshwater fishes, mahseer have been afforded limited scientific attention in the past, with the ecology, taxonomic status and distributions of many species still unknown. Because such knowledge is fundamental to the conservation success of habitat and species management planning, the Mahseer Trust is committed to prioritising and addressing these knowledge gaps.
Working in close collaboration with international universities, research institutes and conservation organisations, our scientists have conducted and published their research findings in a number of high profile international scientific journals. In addition to learning more about the fish themselves, we continue to focus research effort on the quantification of population threats and attitudes and opportunities for community engagement in conservation practice. Examples of our research outputs can be found in the scientific publications library.
The Mahseer Trust is not limited in its man-power capacity to conduct research, but is constrained by funds. If you would like to support our research, please consider making a donation.
Research and Conservation articles
The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has confirmed one of the world’s largest and most iconic freshwater fish, the hump-backed mahseer, is now Critically Endangered and on the brink of extinction.read more
Following the recent decision by the State Forest Department of Uttarakhand to ban angling activities within forest areas across the state, Mahseer Trust has issued the following position statement: CLICK HERE to download the Position Statement as a...read more
Although the survival of the River Cauvery’s famous hump-backed mahseer is still in serious doubt, the publication today of a new scientific paper (Resolving the taxonomic enigma of the iconic game fish, the hump-backed mahseer from the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India) makes a giant leap towards saving itread more
MT’s Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison visit Madhya Pradesh Forest Department hatchery on the Narmada River
As part of a multi-faceted trip, encompassing four Indian states over a two week period, Mahseer Trust’s Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison visited the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department hatchery on the Narmada River in a bid to resolve the taxonomy of the endemic mahseer species found within the Narmada catchment and widespread throughout central India.read more
Mahseer Trust’s Adrian Pinder, Andy Harrison and Rajeev Raghavan recently hosted an IUCN Red List workshop to reassess the conservation status of all 18 species of mahseer belonging to the genus Tor.read more
Following the Mahseer Trust’s first meeting with Madhya Pradesh (MP) Forest Department in Indore during early 2017, Mahseer Trust Director of Research Adrian Pinder, was recently delighted to accept an invitation from MP Forest Department to visit the state’s mahseer hatchery at Barwahread more
One of the most historic mahseer rivers, Mula-Mutha, the type locality of Tor khudree was recently declared biologically dead (click here for news story in Hindustan Times). Luckily, steps were already being taken towards rehabilitating the hilly rivers surrounding...read more
One of the key challenges of conserving riverine fishes is ensuring adequate flows to support the ecological requirements of all species and life stages. Working with MT collaborator and ecosystem services expert Dr Mark Everard, MT Director of Research, Adrian Pinder, has just published a paper in Science of the Total Environment, which looks at the bigger picture of water security in the arid landscape of Rajasthan, India.read more
Mahseer Trust Officer – India Science Lead, Rajeev Raghavan, has recently co-authored a new scientific paper with Neelesh Dahanukar (IISER Pune) and Ralph Britz (Natural History Museum, London), to clarify the identity of Tor mosal, a mahseer of the Himlayan region.read more
The first international workshop on mahseer conservation ‘Mahseer 2017’ ended on Friday, with much encouragement to be taken from the three days, during which all aspects of mahseer conservation were discussed by a host of experts from around the globe.read more