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MAHSEER FISH Runyard Kipling famously wrote about this stunningly beautiful legendary fish – “besides whom, the tarpon is but a herring”! Reaching weights in excess of 100 lbs is an awe-inspiring fish. The Mahseer is highly regarded for its fighting abilities – using the fast flowing waters of the Himalayan Rivers even a 15 lb Mahseer can put up a fight that is not for the faint hearted. The British (during their stay in India) and the Indian Royalty popularized fishing for the species, and for some it became a rite of passage akin to killing a tiger! Stout tackle was the order of the day and often that too did not measure up to the power and brute force exerted by the ​Mahseer​. If you are looking for a fishing adventure then there are few others that measure up to the Golden Mahseer of the Indian Himalayan Rivers!

This Fish Was Once Abundant In River Narmada And Attracted Anglers From India And Abroad But Due To Over-Exploitation, Its Availability Is Meagre And Status Declared As Near Threatened (Nguyen Et Al., 2006;Rayamajhi Et Al. 2010). There Is Decline In The Catch Record Of T. Tor From Madhya Pradesh (Fig. 1) (Tamot 2007). The Catch Data Of T. Tor Had Considerably Declined And Ranged Between 10-15% Of Total Fish Catch In Narmada River Around Hoshangabad (Somdutt Et Al, 2007). Severe Overfishing And Population Decline Of Mahseer (T. Tor ) From River Narmada Were Also Observed By Several Workers (Bhatt Et Al., 2004; Desai, 2003; Nautiyal Et Al., 2008). Construction Of Dams Across River Narmada Is Considered To Be The Main reason for the decline of mahseer. Dams have blocked migration paths of ​T. khudree ​in the Chalakudy river (Biju​et al.​, 2000).​T. khudree ​and ​T. mussullah ​in centralIndia have adapted to the reservoirs ecological conditions and succeeded to maintain breeding populations.


STATUS OF MAHSEER IN INDIA Several attempts were made by State Government Fisheries Federation for the conservation and protection of this precious fish. A mahseer hatchery was established in Harda district for the breeding of mahseer. In 2012 about 57,000 seed of T. putitora brought from Bhimtal of the size range 40-50 mm was introduced into cages fixed at Kerwa dam,Bhopal by Fisheries Federation which yielded encouraging results as fish grew up to 120mm in four months. Within a period of two years around 80,000 seeds of different species of mahseer collected from different parts of the country was introduced into several dams in Madhya Pradesh by Fisheries Federation to conserve and promote mahseer as sport fish. Several seed collection centers were identified on river Narmada for T. tor seed collection. Dongarwadi Ghat in Hoshangabad and a tributary that comes out from Rawatbhata dam on river Chambal in Mansor district are the two sites in Madhya Pradesh where good quantity seed of T. tor was available. The tributary falls from a height of 40-50 feet into deep gorge that makes conditions more favorable for mahseer breeding. Kolar Dam in Bhopal harbours fairly good population of mahseer (T. tor) in comparison fish stocks in other dams of Madhya Pradesh Which attributes to great depth with gravel bottom that provides suitable substratum for breeding and survival of juveniles. Fig. 2 shows year wise record of mahseer (T.tor) from Kolar dam, Bhopal. As mahseer migrate upstreams during June-August for breeding, it was observed that during this period fishermen fixed pahoo trap (a sort of barricade) to catch the big sized fishes (brooders) when fish move for breeding they get caught into the trap and killed before releasing the eggs and stocking new recruits.

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