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Friday, 20 May 2016

Himachal Pradesh propagating mahseer fish for conservation

SHIMLA: The population of the golden mahseer, hunted for sport and food, is declining in rivers of Himachal Pradesh, prompting the fisheries department to begin an artificial propagation programme for its rehabilitation and conservation. 

A hatchery with an outlay of Rs 6 crore ($900,000) has been set up at Machhial near Jogindernagar town in Mandi district to rear the mahseer, also known as the tiger of Indian rivers, to breed the fish and release its fingerlings into the wild."The first breeding is likely to come up in July and August this year and it will be a major breakthrough in evolving the breeding technology of the golden mahseer," fisheries director Gurcharan Singh told IANS. 
He said hatchery-reared juveniles would be released into the rivers and reservoirs. 
The brooder fish reared in the hatchery was collected from the local rivers and streams. 
Fish biologist SN Ogale is assisting the department in developing methods of the mahseer's artificial propagation and hatchery management. 
Being a game fish, the mahseer is also an angler's delight. 

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