Protect our waters !
All around the globe, the increasing human population is threatening endemic animal species, including some of your favorite game fish. During our trip in India, we were informed by the guides that a massive dam was going to be built on the exact area we fished on the Mahakali river. Thousands of people will lose their homes and lands, and the beautiful river and forest will become a gigantic deep lake. The dam will produce electricity for India and Nepal, but at what cost ?
I remember when I was told about the dam, sitting near the bonfire on the river bank after a long day’s fishing, looking around me trying to imagine how this beautiful paradise would look like once the dam is built. It seems like the only means to preserve these kind of places is to make them protected national parks, declare certain species as protected and find cleaner ways to produce energy. As sportfishermen we must take note. Increasing demand for water, the damming of rivers throughout the world, the dumping and accumulation of various pollutants, and invasive species make aquatic ecosystems some of the most threatened on the planet, It’s not surprising that there are many fish species that are endangered in both freshwater and marine habitats.
The American Fisheries Society has identified 700 species of fresh and saltwater fish in North America as being endangered, amounting to 39 percent of all such fish on the continent. Across the globe, 1,851 species of fish, 21 percent of all fish species evaluated, are at risk of extinction as estimated by the Internation Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including over a third of sharks and rays.
We fishermen know what to do ; practice catch and release, respect our waterways, avoid polluting and educate future generations.
Cover shot : our guide Sanjay from the Himalayan Outback holding the trophy 26 lb mahseer of the trip.