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
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
The conservation benefit of catch-and-release (C&R) angling relies implicitly on the assumption that released fish not only survive, but their behaviour and reproductive capacity are also uncompromised by the experience. Joining forces with colleagues from Canada, USA...read more
Invited article from Sanctuary Asia Adrian C. Pinder Following the media storm which ensued on the back of the humpback extinction story, India’s premier wildlife magazine Sanctuary Asia invited Adrian Pinder to contribute a feature to highlight the perilous plight of...read more
Mahseer, although large fish, have been extremely poorly studied in the country. Although these fish have been responsible for driving the tourism industry in several places in the country, their study and conservation has always taken a back seat. Here we take a look...read more
Despite a general increase in fish numbers over a 12 year study period, more detailed analysis of the data collected by the Galibore Fishing Camp tells another story. Published in the international journal ‘Endangered Species Research’, this latest publication has...read more
The challenges we face Steve Lockett reports on the 2015 field expedition to South India’s River Cauvery and highlights the current biodiversity threats associated with introducing artificially propagated non-indigenous mahseer species to a river. This was published...read more
Thanks to all the anglers that meticulously recorded their fishing effort and catches at Galibore between 1998 and 2012, we have been able to establish how mahseer stocks performed prior to the angling ban and while subject to catch and release angling pressure. The...read more
Mahseer Trust team publish first scientific paper on the conservation benefits of recreational angling
A Pinder and R Raghavan (2013) Conserving the endangered Mahseers (Tor spp.) of India: the positive role of recreational fisheries. Current Science 104(11), 1472-1475 ABSTRACT A third of all freshwater fishes globally are threatened with extinction making them one of...read more