10th October 2013, Bhimtal
Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DFCR), Bhimtal organized an awareness campaign ‘Save Golden Mahseer in Kumaun Lakes’ and seed ranching programme at the bank of Naukuchiatal Lake on 10th October, 2013.
Shri Rajesh Negi, Chairman, Nagar Panchayat, Bhimtal; Dr. A. Joshi, Principal, Templeton Academy, Naukuchiatal; Dr. S. S. Negi, Principal, Lake International School graced the occasion and emphasized upon the need of people’s participation in the conservation of mahseer. They also urged to take measures for making the Kumaun lakes pollution free.
Dr. A. Barat, Director, DCFR, Bhimtal expressed his concern to save golden mahseer in the natural water bodies of Kumaun Lake. DFCR, Bhimtal has taken up steps for seed production of golden mahseer in the hatchery complex and release of the seed in the different streams/rivers/lakes of Kumaun region to increase the population of this fish in the natural habitat and also to conserve the germplasm.
Dr. Debajit Sarma, Principal Scientist; Dr. M.S. Akhtar, Scientist and Dr. R.S. Haldar (T-6) coordinated the programme and presented their views.
On this occasion, 25000 nos. of hatchery produced seed and 1000 nos. of cage reared advanced fingerlings of golden mahseer were released in the Naukuchiatal Lake. More than 200 participants including scientists and staffs from DCFR and local people participated in the event.
Mahseer is a cultural icon of diverse economic, recreational and conservational value in rivers and lakes of eleven Asian nations (FAO) and has been declared as ‘State Fish’ of seven states of India. Despite their abundance at one time in Kumaun Lakes, Uttarakhand, mahseer population has been declining in number and size in natural waters and is in serious danger of extinction.
(Source: DFCR, Bhimtal)