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
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
'Mahseer 2017' - International Workshop on Mahseer Conservation kicks off this week in Kochi, India. Running from 5th to 6th April at the Hotel International in Kochi, the conference has attracted experts and interested stakeholders from throughout the mahseer range...read more
First Announcement and Call for Abstracts for ‘Mahseer 2017’ – an International Workshop on Mahseer Conservation being held from 5th to 7th April 2017 at Hotel International, Kochi, India.read more
An historic two-day meeting, held in January 2017 and co-hosted by Tata Power and Mahseer Trust in the beautiful surroundings of Lonavala, India, has brought together a unique coalition to enact a wide-ranging strategy with the aim to conserve the endangered...read more
Mahseer conservation is all over the news in India recently, most notably with regard to the perilous state of the hump-back mahseer and various State Fishery Departments running or planning restocking campaigns. This was the back-drop to Devi Ahilya University of...read more
A report by the conservation sub-committee, Wildlife Association of South India (W.A.S.I.) Original article: CLICK...read more
Mahseer Trust patron Dr A.J.T. Johnsingh joins the mission to rescue the Cauvery catchments endemic mahseer
The mahseer’s lost ground A.J.T. Johnsingh The orange-finned mahseer is on the verge of extinction in its original habitat, the Cauvery River, following unregulated fishing and the introduction of the blue-finned mahseer. There is an urgent need to restore its status....read more