Angling

The mahseer’s lost ground

Print edition : April 15, 2016

A blue-finned mahseer weighing 40 pounds (18.14 kilograms) caught in the Cauvery by Owen-Bosen on January 5, 2010. Photo: Sandeep Chakravarti

An orange-finned mahseer weighing 90 pounds (43 kg) caught in the Cauvery by Alberto Parish on January 13, 2008. Photo: John Bailey

An orange-finned-mahseer, which was caught and released during a survey conducted by WASI, with permission from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, in the Moyar on March 13. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

The blue tail of a blue-finned mahseer. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

The Bhavani river and the Pillur dam may still support a population of the orange-finned mahseer. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

The Moyar has a population of the orange-finned mahseer. The blue-finned mahseer has not been introduced in this river. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

The Cauvery during the monsoon months. The orange-finned mahseer here can weigh up to 68 kg. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

Hogenakkal falls. It forms the eastern end of the orange-finned mahseer’s habitat in the lower Cauvery. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

Shivasamudram falls. It marks the beginning of the orange-finned mahseer’s habitat in the lower Cauvery. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

The Nandhour valley in Uttarakhand. It is home to the golden mahseer, the goral, the serow, the sambar, the elephant and the tiger. Photo: AJT Johnsingh

The golden mahseer, caught and released in the Ramganga river in Uttarakhand. Photo: Misty Dillon

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.
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