GUWAHATI, Dec 31 � The workshop on Mahseer (a cold water fish) in India: Resources, Captive Breeding, Propagation, Policies and Issues, organised at the auditorium and conference hall, College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, recently recommended a holistic plan for conservation and rehabilitation of various mahseer groups of fishes found in North East India involving all the stake holders, as its population has been declining due to various climatic and anthropogenic factors such as pollution, destructive fishing, poisoning, construction of dams, hydro-biological changes of the water bodies due to climate change, etc, Dr Debajit Sarma, Principal Scientist and organising secretary of ICAR-DCER, Bhimtal stated.
Over 120 scientists from all over India working on mahseer gathered here for a common interest to conserve and rehabilitate the fish in the various natural water bodies since it is an endangered fish as per IUCN status.
A manual on Mahseer Research and Development: A journey by DCRF, and a sticker for conservation and rehabilitation were also released on occasion.
Amongst others, Dr KK Vass, Dr PC Mahanta, Dr AP Sharma, SN Ogale, Dr P Nautiyal, Prof MH Balkhi, Prof RS Chouhan, Dr AK Singh, Dr MS Akhtar, Dr Suresh Chandra, Dr Rajesh M, Dr Abhay Giri, Prof W Vishwanath, the scientists of international standard participated and deliberated upon various issues and strategies to be adopted to save the germplasm of mahseer from extinction. The plenary session of the workshop was chaired by Hemanta Narzary, Commissioner and Secretary, Fishery Department, Assam.