Protecting the Golden Mahaseer
As part of its initiatives towards conservation of pristine aquatic biodiversity the National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), Bhutan’s nucleus centre for development of Aquaculture in Bhutan, under the guidance of the Department of Livestock (DoL) has released 3527 numbers of Golden Mahaseer fingerlings few miles upstream of Rongchhu River at Tsachu under Sarpang Dzongkhag. This is the 2nd batch of Golden Mahaseer fingerlings on 30th September 2014.
The Golden Mahaseer is an endangered fish species and the initiative is focused on reviving the population of Mahseer in the depleted Rongchhu and Mowchhu River. NCA produces about 3000 to 5000 fingerlings every year of which 1258 numbers of fingerlings have already been released into Rongchhu River last year.
Mr. Namgay Dorji, Program Director, National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA) mentioned that realising the alarming decline in the population of Golden Mahaseer in the rivers of Bhutan due to several hydroelectric projects and other human interventions, the National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), Gelephu undertook a massive Golden Mahaseer breeding and propagation trial since 2012. Further, post in-depth research and conservation of Golden Mahaseer for the past 2 years, the NCA has established standard fail-safe techniques of breeding the Golden Mahaseer species and has bred over 10000 fingerlings till date.
Dr. Tashi Samdup, Director, Department of Livestock said that the Golden Mahaseer Conservation Project and breakthrough in breeding techniques will promote aquatic biodiversity and encouraged ecotourism, while giving a fresh lease of life to one of the most pristine world’s aquatic wonders.