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

Famous mahseer finally named

Famous mahseer finally named

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 it

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MT’s Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison visit Madhya Pradesh Forest Department hatchery on the Narmada River

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.

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Mahseer Trust publishes new paper on water security in India

Mahseer Trust publishes new paper on water security in India

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.

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Key collaborators

Bournemouth University Global Environmental Solutions
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune
Bombay Natural History Society
Kerala University Of Fisheries & Ocean Studies
Carleton University
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune